TN: Over 25 Dead, 1,000 in Relief Camps
Heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu over the past few days. The monsoon fury claimed 25 lives, out of which 17 people lost their lives after a compound wall in Nadur village near Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district, collapsed. The deceased included three children.
Locals staged a protest blaming the builder of the 20-foot high wall around his palatial home. They said S. Shivasubramaniam, a textile showroom owner had ignored repeated requests to strengthen the wall. The stone blocks along a 50-foot long section of the wall collapsed on the other side, trapping people in their sleep, inside their homes.
As many as 1,305 huts and 465 tiled-roof houses were damaged. Nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated and placed in Government relief centres. Disaster response teams are in place and a constant check on dams is being maintained. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced financial aid of Rs. 4 lakh to each of the bereaved families.
The Chief Minister gave a slew of instructions to the administration. The Health Department was ordered to have an adequate stock of bleaching powder and medications to prevent communicable diseases. All government and private hospitals were directed to have ready stock of medicines, and generators running to provide uninterrupted power supply.
The food and civil supplies department was ordered to stock essentails for two months, to avoid short supply during any disaster. People staying on banks of rivers were ordered to be evacuated immediately. Rameswaram faced the wrath of nature as rainwater entered residential areas of Muthuramalinga Thevar Nagar. On the other side, the coastal Mandapam area was hit by strong winds. At least 80 fishing boats were damaged in collision with each other.