Residents evacuated following mudslide near construction site
It damages roads and other civic infrastructure in the area
Residents of Padmavathy Nagar in West Velachery were evacuated by Chennai Corporation on Saturday following an unusual mudslide caused by heavy rain near a multistoried building.
The mudslide damaged roads and other civic infrastructure in the area. Chennai Corporation, Fire and Rescue Services, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority and IIT-M are assessing the damage to save the neighbourhood from further disaster.
Disaster management experts have also been asked to find a solution to the problem as the Corporation remains clueless about the cause.
“At least eight families have been evacuated. At least 150 workers are trying to reduce the damage,” said an official of Chennai Corporation. The restoration work on the entire neighbourhood is expected to cost huge sums of money to the Corporation. The civic body is studying the role of the builder in the damage caused to the neighbourhood.
Following the rain on Friday, a sudden mudslide adjacent to the multi-storied building triggered the collapse of compound walls of a number of houses in the locality. By Saturday morning, roads in the locality started collapsing, triggering panic among residents. After they reported the damage caused to the roads and houses, Corporation officials visited the locality to control the damage. Compound walls of at least three houses collapsed in the rain on Friday night.
S. Sheela, a resident of Padmavathy Nagar, said earth was dug up for over 50 ft adjacent to her home to facilitate the construction of a commercial complex. “Poor planning is likely to be the reason for the collapse. Residents fear that buildings may also collapse if the rain continues,” she said.
Eight families have been evacuated. 150 workers engaged in damage control exercise