Monsoon rains kill 25 in India
Chennai, India - At least 25 people have died in recent monsoon rains that inundated low-lying areas in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and hundreds more have been evacuated to relief camps, the state government said on Monday.
Heavy rain toppled a wall in the city of Coimbatore, killing 17 people, and eight others have died in various other rain-related incidents since November 29, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, K Palaniswami, convened an emergency Cabinet meeting and ordered officials to monitor reservoirs. Government hydrologist Subramani in the state capital, Chennai, said the city’s reservoirs, which were bone dry during a drought last summer, had reached half their capacity - enough water to supply the city of 10mn for six months.