TNN | Nov 28, 2011, 01.37PM IST
CHENNAI: At least 11 people died in flash floods and rain-related accidents in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and Sunday. V Vasuki, 14, was bathing in Vellakarai in Villupuram on Sunday afternoon when she was washed away by flash floods. In Villupuram, Papayee Ammal, 47, was electrocuted on Saturday night, and S Saravanan , 28, was found dead near a lake bund on Sunday morning . In Cuddalore, 25-year-old R Murugan was electrocuted when he tried to switch off a light.
In Madurai, a newly-married man was electrocuted while trying to fix a short circuit . Sakthivel, 42, AIADMK ward 11 councilor of Chithaiyankottai panchayat in Dindigul district, was electrocuted when he was repairing a motor on his farm. A 57-year-old woman from Periyakulam died of injuries when a wall collapsed following continuous rain. R Karthik, a constable, was electrocuted at the police quarters in Ramanathapuram, while using his mobile phone that was plugged into an electric socket.
Fire service personnel rescued 14 people who were caught in flash floods in Ayyanarkoil in Rajapalayam. Two deaths were reported in Pudukottai district.
Since the Vaigai river is in spate, people who live along its banks in Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram have been shifted to safer places. The Theni district administration has issued a flood warning.
In Tirunelveli, 40 families in Kailasapuram, CN Colony and Meenakshipuram were evacuated. In Ramanathapuram, 40 families in Dhanushkodi and Rayarpuram were moved to Nadarajapuram middle school as flood water entered their homes. In Sivaganga district, 32 houses were damaged and 1,000 acres of paddy crops submerged.
Water in the Mullaperiyar dam touched 136 feet with an inflow of 15,032 cusecs and 1,822 cusecs was discharged. The water level in the Papanasam dam in Tirunelveli went up by 16 feet in 24 hours and touched 122.55 feet. Kadananadhi dam reached its full capacity of 82 feet for the second time this season and over 10,000 cusecs was released into the Chittraru river.
Chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced solatium of Rs 2 lakh to each of the families of nine victims who died due to the rains.