Around 15 people have been killed in a wall collapse incident due to heavy rains at Mettupalayam in Coimbatore on Monday.
The regional meteorological centre in Chennai has predicted more showers in the next 24 hours and issued a red alert for six districts in Tamil Nadu. The schools and colleges remained shut on Monday as the authorities announced a holiday. In view of heavy rainfall forecast, examinations of Madras University and Anna University scheduled for Monday have been postponed.
The untoward incident of wall collapse happened due to several hours of continuous rain. The huge compound wall collapsed on four houses at Nadur in Mettupalayam led to the death of 15 people. The condition of many of those who are under treatment in the hospital continues critical. Heavy rains still continued to lash in several districts across Tamil Nadu including Chennai.
Earlier, due to the incessant rains rain over the past two days has already claimed five lives.
“Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu would receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 20cm) in the next 24 hours,” the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) Chennai regional centre alerted.
Following the IMD alert, the Puducherry government on Sunday ordered schools to remain shut on Monday.
The heavy rain has left several sub-urban areas of Chennai waterlogged. These include Shozhinganallur, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Nanmangalam and Selaiyur. The rain has partially submerged more than 100 houses in the outskirts of Chennai. Several places in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thoothukkudi districts have also been waterlogged. According to the locals in Cuddalore, around 5000 houses in low lying areas of the coastal town have been marooned.
“People can contact the Fire and Rescue services at 101 at all the district headquarters, including Greater Chennai corporation areas. For Greater Chennai Corporation, the landline numbers are 044-28554309, 28554311, 28554314,28554376”, the release said.