On the 2nd of December, 17 people died after a wall collapsed in a village in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
On the 1st of December, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a flood alert in the State after the north east monsoon entered Tamil Nadu and its neighbouring regions on Sunday (the 1st of December.)
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is conducting a rescue operation and found 9 bodies so far. Among the 17 people, two were identified as 7 year old children.
The Tamil Nadu Government announced an ex gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs to the families of those died in today’s wall collapse incident.
Schools and colleges will remain shut in Chennai, Tuticorin, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram as many areas in these cities are flooded. In the wake of the floods, examinations at the Madras University and Anna University were also postponed.
Besides, the IMD predicted widespread rain across coastal Tamil Nadu due to a cyclonic circulation on the Indian Ocean.
The State Government put in place approximately 176 relief camps, boats for evacuation and almost 600 water pumps to eliminate waterlogging in low lying areas.
The Chennai Municipal Corporation even set up a helpline for registration of complaints pertaining to fallen trees and waterlogging. The helpline numbers are 04425384520 and 04425384530. The residents can also register their complaints using WhatsApp on the number 9445477205.
So far, the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services team saved at least 800 people from low lying areas in Cuddalore. N. Puviarasan, the Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre at the Regional Meteorological Centre, advised fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea in Cape Comorin, Lakshadweep.
The SDRF and other rescue teams are still rescuing people in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Stay tuned for further updates.