Mon­soon rains kill 25 in In­dia

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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