Chennai | Jagran News Desk: As many as 17 people were killed on Monday after a wall collapsed four houses due to the heavy downpour in Tamil Nadu's Mettupalayam, the police said while adding the rescue operation is underway and they have discovered nine bodies so far. After the incident, the Tamil Nadu government annunced a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs each to families of those who have lost their lives in wall collapse in Mettupalayam.

Meanwhile, all the schools and colleges will remain shut in Chennai and Puducherry on Monday after the Meteorological Department predicted heavy rainfall in the region for the next 48 hours.

“Due to low atmospheric pressure, there will be heavy and moderate rain in Chennai and widespread rain in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, due to a cyclonic circulation near Comorin on the Indian Ocean,” the Meteorological Department said in a statement.

Here are key things you need to know:

* According to the weather department, the regions which will recieve heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours are Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Vellore, Tiruvallur and Thiruvannamalai districts.

* The weather department, in an advisory on Sunday, warned the fishermen not to venture into sea at Cape Comorin, Lakshadweep area as gusty winds were likely to occur due to the presence of depression in the Arabian Sea.

* Tamil Nadu revenue and disaster management minister RB Udhayakumar has said that as many as 800 people have been evcauted from the low lying areas of the state. “Teams of state disaster response force have moved to Chennai, Kanyakumari, Nilgiri, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Dindigul districts,” he said.

* The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services has also said that it is fully prepared to handle the situation in the state. It has also announced landline numbers for the public for any emergency. In a press release on Sunday, it said that it has adequate manpower, equipment like inflatable rubber boats, long rescue ropes and other tools to handle the situation.

* “People can contact the Fire and Rescue services at 101 at all the district headquarters, including Greater Chennai corporation areas. For Greater Chennai Corporation, the landline numbers are 044-28554309, 28554311, 28554314,28554376,” it said in the release.

* Meanwhile, Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan on Sunday took a stock of the situation in the city and said that a WhatsApp group of officers have been formed to ensure immediate steps are being taken to handle the situation.

* “Five teams from the State Disaster Relief Force have been kept on standby and teams from the National Disaster Relief Force, if required, may also join in,” PTI quoted him as saying.

* Meanwhile, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday said that the administration has fanned out to different for relief works and the administration is fully prepared to handle the situation.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma