COIMBATORE: At least 17 people, including 2 youths, aged 17, have died after a wall collapsed in Nadur village near Mettupalayam, about 50 km from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on Monday morning as a result of heavy rains. Officials said efforts are on to rescue those trapped under the debris. So far, nine bodies have been removed.
According to police and fire service officials, around 17 people were sleeping inside their houses in Nadur village in the early hours of Monday, when the tile roof broke and four houses collapsed at 5.30 am. – Due to the fall of the wall of the foot compound, houses fell and they were affected.
The state government has announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those killed by the fall of the Coimbatore wall.
School Closure: Rainfall continues in parts of Tamil Nadu and parts of Puducherry, except for several districts that have been virtually crippled for the past few days. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been warned in many towns. Schools and colleges will remain closed in Chennai and Tuticorin, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram, where large parts are flooded.
According to the Met Office, widespread cyclonic rain is expected over coastal Tamil Nadu due to a cyclonic circulation near Comorin in the Indian Ocean. In Tamil Nadu, at least three people died in rain-related incidents in the last few days.
The state government says that it is well prepared and there is no need to panic. In Chennai, the state government has established 176 relief centers. The Chennai Corporation assured that the boats have been kept ready for evacuation if necessary.
More than 600 water pumps will be used to remove waterlogging in low-lying areas. The Chennai Corporation has set up a helpline for complaints of water logging and tree felling after continuous rains. Residents can dial 04425384520 and 04425384530 or WhatsApp 9445477205 for rain-related complaints.
In Puducherry, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi along with his team visited rain-affected areas like Rainbow Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Indira Gandhi Square and Knutson Nagar.