Chennai, May 16 (PTI): Highlights from the Southern region at 5.10 PM.

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MDS2 KL-RAINS Heavy rains lash Kerala; water level rises in many dams Kochi: The water level in many dams across Kerala showed a rising trend on Sunday even as cyclone Tauktae moved away from the state's coast after wreaking havoc.

MDS4 KL-OXYGEN-TRAIN First Oxygen Express arrives in Kerala Kochi: An Oxygen Express train carrying 118 metric tonnes of medical oxygen arrived here from Odisha in the wee hours on Sunday, official sources said here.

MDS5 KA-LD TAUKTAE Cyclone Tauktae: 73 villages affected in Karnataka, 4 dead Bengaluru: With Cyclone Tauktae wreaking havoc in the coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka, four deaths have been reported in the state so far, officials said on Sunday.

MDS6 TL-SPUTNIK-LD SECOND BATCH Second batch of Russian COVID-19 vaccine reaches Hyderabad Hyderabad: As many as 60,000 doses of the second batch of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V on Sunday landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, Dr Reddy's Laboratories said on Sunday.

MDS7 TN-GOVT-REMDESIVIR Anti-viral Remdesivir will be given directly to hospitals, says TN Govt Chennai: Anti-viral drug Remdesivir would be made available directly to private hospitals to avoid overcrowding in places designated for its prescription based sale by state authorities to the kin of COVID-19 patients, the Tamil Nadu government said here on Sunday.

MDS8 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 1,961 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally rises to 84,506 Puducherry: The union territory of Puducherry reported 1,961 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours raising the overall tally to 84,506, a senior official of the Health Department said on Sunday.PTI SS PTI PTI