15 dead, schools shut as rain wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu
The meteorological center predicted more showers in the next two days.
Fifteen people were killed on Monday when a wall collapsed on their houses near Coimbatore as torrential rains lashed Tamil Nadu, said police.
According to the police, at around 5.30am, the 20-foot wall fell on four houses, resulting in their collapse and killing the victims while they were asleep.
Police and fire service officials removed the debris and recovered the bodies which have been sent for post-mortem.
Condolling the deaths, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a financial assistance of Rs 4 lakhs each to the victims' families.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the closure of schools in eight districts comprising Chennai, Tiruvallur, Thoothukudi, Cuddalore, Chengalpattu, Ramanathapuram, Kancheepuram and Ranipet due to the rains.
Thiruvallur, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukkudi, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu is likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall (above 20cm) in the next 24 hours.
Examinations of Madras University and Anna University scheduled for Monday have been postponed in view of heavy rainfall forecast in the area.
A holiday has also been declared for Monday in schools in Puducherry due to the same reason.
Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said, "Holiday has been declared for tomorrow in schools and colleges in Tiruvallur, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram. Holiday declared for schools in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Chennai."
Meanwhile, RB Udhayakumar, Minister for Disaster Management, said that about 800 people from low lying areas in Cuddalore district have been evacuated after heavy rains.
"State Disaster Response Force personnel have been moved to Chennai, Kanyakumari, Nilgiri, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Dindigul districts," he said.
Heavy rainfall for the past two days caused waterlogging in the residential areas of Muthuramalinga Thevar Nagar of Rameswaram on Sunday, disrupting normal life.
Six fishing boats were damaged after hitting the shore in the coastal area of Mandapam last night.
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