Coimbatore: In a tragic incident, atleast 15 people including two children died while they were sleeping in their house which collapsed due to heavy rains that lashed Nadur Village near Mettupalayam on Monday morning.
Police sources said that the residents were sleeping in the house during the wee hours of Monday when four houses collapsed. The village is situated about 50kms from Coimbatore.
The fire and rescue services personnel retrieved the bodies which was caught under the debris and sent them to the Mettupalayam government hospital.
Sources also say that a 20-feet wall had collapsed and fallen on the houses in the impact atleast 15 people died.
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So far, police said dead bodies of Guru, 45, Ramnath, 20, Anandh Kumar, 40, Harisudha, 16, Sivakami, 45, Oviyammal, 50, Nathiya, 30, Vaidhegi, 20, Thilagvathi, 50, Arukani, 55, Rukumani, 40, Nivetha, 18, Chinnamal, 70, Akshaya, 7, and Loguram, 7 have been recovered.
Rains throw Chennai life asunder, Schools and colleges remain closed
Chennai: The city is continuing to witness heavy rains, which is expected to continue for the next two days. Schools and colleges in parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, declared a holiday on Monday.
Though, Chennaiites welcomed the rains, most residents were left to find their way through ankle length water. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), the State will receive heavy rainfall for the next two days due to upper air circulation. As there have been complaints of water-logging in low lying areas, five teams from the State Disaster Relief Force have been kept on standby to tackle contingencies.
Also, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has launched 24/7 helpline numbers to report about water stagnation and flooding. The contact numbers are 044-25384520, 044-2538-4530, 044-2538-4540 or Whatsapp on 94454-77205.
The authorities have also placed boats in 109 places across the city in case of flooding and 176 community halls and four cooking halls have been arranged to cook food for around 1,500 people.
Authorities said that these cooked food will be available at all Amma canteens and drinking water will also be available. Forty-four medical teams and rescue teams have been kept on standby in 52 places across the state.
People are taking to social networking sites to post pictures and videos about water stagnation in their areas. Residents of Tiruvanchery in Selaiyur and various parts of East Tambaram including Arul Nagar, Medavakkam High Road are facing heavy water-logging. In some areas the water is being drained and pumped out but the continuous rain is adding to their woes.