As many as 25 people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu since November 29, the state government said on Monday.
This includes 17 who died after a wall collapsed on three houses at Nadur village in Mettupalayam, near Coimbatore. As the North-East monsoon intensifies, nearly 1,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps in Tuticorin, Cuddalore and Tirunelveli districts which have borne the brunt of fury.
Some low-lying areas in Chennai and neighbouring Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts were inundated. The state Chief Minister, Mr. K Palaniswami chaired a review meeting with his deputy, Mr. O Panneerselvam, and other cabinet colleagues and senior officials.
He issued orders to monitor the reservoirs, many of which are either full or fast filling up. An official release said eight persons died in rain-related incidents between November 29 and December 1.
Further, 17 people were killed in a wall collapse in Coimbatore on Monday, taking the total to 25. As many as 58 head of cattle perished while over 1,700 thatched and tiled roof houses suffered damage.
While the government announced Rs. 4 lakh each to the families of the 17 victims killed in Mettupalayam, Mr. Palaniswami ordered due compensation to the kin of the other deceased.
The monsoon had set in on October 16 bringing widespread rains. Mr. Palaniswami asked officials to ensure preparedness by holding adequate stocks of medicines, food, diesel generators and disinfectants. Rescue teams should be on standby with necessary equipment to rush to affected areas.
The rains in Chennai over the weekend brought cheer to the city's water managers, as the storage in the four reservoirs went up. The combined storage of Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembrambakkam reservoirs stood at 4,091 million cubic feet (mcft), double the level it was on the same day in 2018.