The Hindu

Residents evacuated following mudslide near constructi­on site

It damages roads and other civic infrastruc­ture in the area

- ALOYSIUS XAVIER LOPEZ AND T. MADHAVAN

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

 ?? PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMEN­T ?? In what is seen as an after-effect of last week’s rain, compound walls of a few houses in West Velachery gave way
PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMEN­T In what is seen as an after-effect of last week’s rain, compound walls of a few houses in West Velachery gave way

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