Tamil Nadu Rain Live Updates: 17 Killed as Houses Collapse in Coimbatore, Schools & Colleges Shut

Tamil Nadu Rain Live Updates: 17 Killed as Houses Collapse in Coimbatore, Schools & Colleges Shut :- Due to the heavy rain, seventeen people, including two children, have died after a wall collapsed in a village in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore this morning.

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According to the media reports, the 20-feet high compound wall collapsed on several houses when the people were sleeping at 5:30 am today. Meanwhile, the state government has announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those killed in the Coimbatore wall collapse.

Schools and colleges are shut in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as the Met department has issued a flood alert after continuous heavy rainfall in the state. Rains lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry on Sunday with the North-East monsoon triggering a heavy spell in the last 24 hours. Schools and colleges will remain shut in Chennai and Tuticorin, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, where large parts are flooded. The examinations of Madras University and Anna University have been postponed.

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According to the weather officials, Widespread rain is expected across coastal Tamil Nadu due to a cyclonic circulation near Comorin on the Indian Ocean.

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) Chennai regional centre alerted, “Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu would receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 20 cm) in the next 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services said that it was fully prepared to deal with any flood-related issues and announced landline phone numbers for the public. The department also added that it has adequate manpower, equipment like inflatable rubber boats, long rescue ropes, other tools and vehicles to render assistance and help rescue and evacuate who are affected by floods.

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The state government has also assured that it is well-prepared and there is no need to panic. In Chennai, the state government has reportedly set up 176 relief centres. The Chennai Corporation has assured that the boats have been kept ready to evacuate people if required. Over 600 water pumps will be used to remove water-logging in low-lying areas.

The Chennai Corporation has set up a helpline for water-logging and tree fall complaints following continuous rain. Residents can dial 04425384520 and 04425384530 or Whatsapp 9445477205 for any rain-related complaints.

Meanwhile, a flood alert has been sounded to villagers on the banks of the Sankarabarani River in Puducherry. The order was issued by the revenue and disaster management on Sunday as the water was to be released from Veedur dam.

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Reportedly, nearly 800 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in Cuddalore district.

Director of area cyclone-warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, N Puviarasan advised fishermen not to venture into sea at Cape Comorin, Lakshadweep area as gusty winds were likely to occur due to the presence of depression in the Arabian Sea.