The death toll across Tamil Nadu in the torrential rains has gone up to 22 on Monday. 17 people including two children have been killed in a wall collapse incident due to heavy rains at Mettupalayam in Coimbatore in the wee hours of Monday. The state government has announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those killed in the Coimbatore wall collapse.
All 17 were buried alive after four houses collapsed as heavy rain lashed Nadur village near Mettupalayam and surroundings in Coimbatore. The village lies 50 km away from Coimbatore. A 20-foot high compound wall had fallen on the four houses located inside the compound which triggered the tragedy. A police report said all four houses had tiled roof. All 17 people were sleeping inside their houses when the compound wall caved in, tiled roof broken and the housed collapsed on them at 5.30am. Nine bodies have been retrieved so far. Efforts are on to rescue people trapped in debris, said authorities. Earlier, five people had been killed in the incessant rains lashed across the state over the past two days.
The fire and rescue services personnel retrieved the bodies and sent them to the Mettupalayam government hospital. 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.
“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.