Five die in Ooty deluge
Tamil Nadu

Five die in Ooty deluge

S Murari

Five persons, including construction worker from Palakkad Sanju (30 ) have died in torrential rains and landslips in the Nilgiris hills in the last two days and the district administration has pressed army helicopters to rescue people stranded in remote villages.

Nilgiris district collector J innocent Divya requisitioned Indian Air Force choppers from the Wellington station and they rescued four persons from Avalanche near Nilgiris, which recorded the heaviest rainfall of close to 91 cm betweenThursday and Friday.

Landslips were reported from Kattukuppai, 20 km from Ooty where a hydro-electric project is located. Disaster management teams rescued over 40 persons from the area on Friday. Sanju died in the Kattukuppai area. Besides four women were killed in other villages.

While two farm women were washed away, a mother (38) and her daughter (8) died in a wall collapse in Pykara.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami announced ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next kin of the five dead. He floods in Nilgiris were caused particularly by the deluge in Avalanche which recorded 405 mm.  820 mm and 911 mm on Aug 6,7 and 8.

Minister for Disaster Managent R V Udhayakumar, who reviewed the situation in Nilgiris, told reporters that 450 personnel drawn from National Disaster Response Force, State personnel from the disaster response force and armed reserve police, were engaged in rescue and relief in the rain battered hills. He said over 1,700 persons had been evacuated to safer places and 150 relief camps set up in the district.

Heavy rains also lashed Coimbatore and Bhavani districts with Noyyal and Bhavani rivers in spate. People living along the banks were asked to move to safe places. Rains also inundated Pollachi and a three-year-old girl was washed away in flash floods.

Thanks to heavy rains in the catchment areas of Hemavathi dam in Karnataka, Mettur reservoir received heavy inflow and people living along the banks were moved to safe places.