Chennai: Torrential rains lashing Tamil Nadu claimed at least 15 lives in a chain of wall collapses in a village near Mettupalayam abutting the Western Ghats in Coimbatore district early on Monday, officials said.
According to police, the four wall collapses at Nadur Colony early on Monday were triggered by the heavy downpour. Five other people have also been killed in the torrential rain over the past two decades.
A team of fire and rescue services and revenue officials reached the spot at around 5 am and recovered the bodies of all the 15 victims, including four women and a child.
The rescue team said more people could be trapped in the debris and that the toll might increase. The operation to rescue people is on and the bodies have been sent for post mortem, police said.
The weather department has sounded a red alert for the state’s six districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Nilgiris, Thoothukudi and Kancheepuram have declared holidays for all education institutions as a precautionary measure.
The Regional Meteorological Department had advised fishermen along the coastal belt not to venture into the sea till further notification.