Death toll mounts to 17 in Coimbatore wall collapse

At least 17 people were killed after a compound wall collapsed and damaged three houses following heavy rains in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore in the wee hours of Monday.

The 20-foot high compound wall collapsed at 5:30 am on Monday when the people were sleeping. The state government has announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those killed in wall collapse.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall disrupted normal life in the Southern states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

In Chennai, the state government has set up 176 relief centres. Boats have been kept ready to evacuate people if required, assured the Chennai Corporation. Over 600 water pumps will be used to remove water-logging in low-lying areas.

The met department have predicted heavy showers over the southwest Arabian Sea and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean and over Lakshadweep and adjoining Maldives area and Southeast Arabian Sea along and off Kerala coast for couple of days. A warning has also been issued.

Fishermen in the area were advised not to venture into these the seas until Thursday.

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