Rains claim 25 lives in TN, more showers predicted, CM holds emergency meet

Heavy rain that lashed Tamil Nadu in the last four days claimed 25 lives. The death toll includes that of 17 people who died after houses collapsed in Nadur village near Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district in the early hours of Monday.

With Met officials predicting rains for the next 24 hours, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today chaired a high-level meeting at the Secretariat and reviewed relief and rescue measures.

He directed Ministers and officials to take steps on war footing and carry out relief works. Rescue teams have been formed and officers of various departments have been directed to take coordinated efforts.

In a heart-wrenching rain-related tragedy, as many as 17 people, including 13 women and children, were killed after a huge compound wall collapsed over three houses at Mettuplayam near here in the early hours of Monday.

Accentuated by heavy rains at the foothills of Nilgiris in Mettupalayam late on Sunday night, a huge 25-ft high, 80-ft wide wall at Nadur AT Colony there suddenly collapsed over three tiled-roof houses around 3.30 am on Monday, hopelessly trapping its occupants.

A flood alert was issued in several parts of Erode district as River Bhawani was at its spate even as thousands of people were evacuated from their houses and moved to safety in Cuddalore district.

The situation may not improve till at least Tuesday as the Meteorological department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for coastal districts. Schools in seven districts – Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore and Thoothukudi – remained closed on Monday due to heavy rains.