CHENNAI: Toll in rain-related incidents continues to mount with the figures touching 240, with three more deaths in the city. According to sources, 43 persons have died in Chennai due to rains so far, while another 53 have lost their lives in Cuddalore. Kancheepuram has reported 40 deaths and Villupuram 23 ever since the onset of the North East monsoon this year.
In Chennai, Sudhir Das (35), of Maduravoyal was washed away while trying to cross a flooded causeway near MGR Medical College in Maduravoyal on Friday. Das was riding his Enfield bike over the bridge which was submerged in knee-deep water. The pillion rider, however, made it to the shore and the bike was traced immediately. However, the body of Das was fished out a kilometer away.
In two other incidents, Dharmaraja (45), a migrant labourer Uttar Pradesh, working in a chemical company at Ambattur Industrial Estate, was electrocuted when he tried to power up a motor used to bale out water in the factory premises on Saturday. Prabhakaran (45), of Indra Nagar Pallam, in Rajamangalam, was washed away in the flood after he tripped in while sitting over a metro water pipe and fishing in the storm water.
The pipe had been broken opposite his house and Prabhakaran and his wife had joined many of their neighbours who were fishing.