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Following heavy rain wall collapses in Tamil Nadu village, died 17

"Several parts of the state have been lashed by incessant North East monsoon rains for the past few days"

On a major rain-related incident in Tamil Nadu, at least 17 people, including 10 women and two children, were killed in their sleep when a wall collapsed on a row of houses in a village near Coimbatore on Monday.

A portion of a 15-foot-tall private compound wall, totally wet due to heavy rains lashing the area for the past few days, fell on the adjoining tiled-roof houses in Nadur village, around 5 am, burying alive the residents.

Fire and rescue personnel, with the assistance of locals and the police, retrieved the bodies from the debris and the operations were underway.

In Chennai, chief minister K. Palaniswami condoled the deaths and announced a relief of Rs 4 lakh each to their families from the State Disaster Relief Fund.

Coimbatore district collector K. Rajamani said facilities at the Mettupalayam government hospital would be upgraded to ensure locals did not need to travel to the district headquarters.

The collector told reporters that the villagers informed him about the issue over the construction of the compound wall. If found illegal, the wall would be demolished, 

The district administration will review suggestions by the villagers to prevent such incidents in future and will send a detailed report to the state government for a follow up action, including providing relief measures.

 
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