Seven persons, including five of a family, were washed away in flash floods in Tirupur town. A farm labourer died while trying to cross a bridge across a river in Namakkal as parts of Tamil Nadu reeled under the after-effects of heavy rain.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa convened a meeting with officials at the Secretariat on Monday to review the situation and enhanced compensation for victims.
In Tirupur, the official machinery began taking rescue measures at 2 a.m. after reports that eight persons were missing following flooding in the tributaries of Noyyal – Sangilipallam and Jamunaipallam.
Sarasu (43), wife of Manoharan, was rescued when she was precariously hanging on to a tree. After nearly 12 hours of marathon effort, rescue teams recovered four bodies, while the search continues for the remaining three. Rescue teams found hundreds of people sitting on tiled-roof houses Even as the efforts were on, one house caved in, drowning the family of five. Bodies of Dilshad Begum (wife of Abudaheer) and her daughter Shakeela Begum were recovered. The search is on for Abudaheer (35), his son Abdullah (10) and the other daughter Niwakar Nisha (8). The bodies of M. Gnanmbal (18) and M. Bhuvaneswari (24), daughters of Manoharan and Sarasu, were also recovered. In Namakkal, Moorthi (35), a farm labourer and part time gravel crusher of Sekarampatti Village in Tiruchengode Taluk, who was riding a two-wheeler, washed away by flash floods in Thirumanimuthary river while riding a two-wheeler.
According to eye-witness accounts, the victim tried to cross the flooded low-lying bridge about 25 km from Tiruchengode town, when he was dragged by the gushing water. Following information, Tirupur Collector M. Mathivanan, Mayor A. Visalakshi, Deputy Mayor S. Gunasekaran, Corporation Commissioner R. Jayalakshmi reached the flooded areas. Along with a team of 250 police personnel and 40 Fire and Rescue Services personnel, led by Superintendent of Police – Tirupur V. Balakrishnan, divided themselves into batches, and swung into action.
The teams began their rescue and search operations in the worst-hit areas such as Sherief Colony, Kangeyam Road, Poolavai Sugumaran Nagar, KDR Colony, Quaid-e-Milleth Nagar, Indira Nagar, Periya Thottam, Pushpa Nagar, Karai Thottam, Dr.Ambedkar Nagar, Poompuhar Nagar, Netaji Nagar, East and West Thattan Thottalm, Sathiya Nagar, Pattu Kottayan Nagar, Muthayan Kovil Nagar and Anaimedu areas, which were closer to the banks of both tributaries of Noyyal.