17 killed as wall collapses in Mettupalayam; Flood alert in TN's Erode district
Erode : As many as 17 people, including women and children, died when a wall collapsed over 4 houses due to the heavy rains in Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu. Four houses were completely destroyed in the wall collapse. 12 women, 3 men and 2 children, were among the deceased.
The accident occurred at Nadoor in Mettupalayam on Monday morning. Due to the heavy rains which began early morning by 3.30, the 6-foot wall collapsed at about 5.30 in the morning.
There are reports that many are still trapped in the rubble and search is on to find the missing persons.
Several parts of Tamil Nadu have been lashed by North East Monsoon rains in the past few days
A flood alert has been issued to people living on the banks of river Bhavani in this western district of Tamil Nadu as a dam built across it has surplused in the wake of copious rains in catchment areas, officials said on Monday.
The water level in the Lower Bhavani Project reservoir reached its maximum of 105 feet and the storage crossed 32 tmc feet against maximum of 32.8 tmc ft, prompting the Public Works Department authorities to more than triple discharge from 3,500 cusecs to 11,950 cusecs on Monday morning.
Consequently, Revenue officials released a flood alert and advised people living on the banks of River Bhavani to move to safer places, officials said.
The dam has filled up for the sixth time this year following heavy rains in the catchment areas in hilly Nilgiris district and Mettupalayam in neighbouring Coimbatore district.PTI