Heavy Rain Claims Three Lives in the Fort City

Published: 17th August 2015 05:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2015 05:04 AM   |  A+A-


VELLORE/TIRUVANNAMALAI:Heavy rains lashed several parts of Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts on Saturday late evening. Vellore district recorded an average rainfall of 36.12 mm, while the Tiruvannamalai district received an average rainfall of 39.61 mm since Saturday. Three died in rain related incidents in the district. Two cows were also electrocuted.

Two elderly persons were electrocuted in Kukalapalli village near Latheri after they stepped on a high tension (HT) wire that was exposed following heavy rains accompanied by strong winds, during the early hours of Sunday. The deceased were identified as Govindasamy (70) and Kannamma (60) of Kukalapalli village.

  The HT line was snapped and fell on the field of one Chinnakulanthai. Govindasamy, who was working as a night watchman in a private school in the nearby area, was returning home at about 4.30 am on Sunday. As usual, he was walking along Chinnakulanthai’s field on his way back home. He stepped onto the HT line and electrocuted.

Kannamma also come in contact with the wire when she was walking along the farmland to reach to her daughter’s home in Gudiyattam. The villagers spotted the two elderly persons dead around 6 am and alerted the police and revenue officials, who in turn, alerted the officials of TANGEDCO. 

After terminating the power supply along the line, the officials have recovered the bodies of the victims and moved them to the Government hospital at Gudiyattam for post-mortem.

The Latheri police have  registered a case.

Meanwhile, an 18-month-old girl was found drowned in a two-and-half feet deep pit filled with rainwater

that was dug to construct a sewage sump in LG Pudur village near Katpadi on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Deepika, the second daughter of Viswanathan and Revathi of Vaduganthangal village.

The child was discovered at about 8 am on Sunday near Revathi’s mother’s house in LG Pudur when Revathi and her mother while searching for Deepika, who was playing in front of the house looked into the newly dug pit filled with rain water and found the child floating on the water.

They immediately rushed the child to the nearby hospital, but the doctors declared her brought dead, said police.

They added that Revathi’s uncle dug up the pit a few days ago which filled up with rainwater following Saturday’s heavy rains. The child, while playing outside the house fell into the pit and drowned.

A case has been registered in this regard.

Tiruvannamalai town and surrounding areas have witnessed a very high rainfall, with 105.2 mm for the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on Sunday. It was followed by Thandrampet that received a total rainfall of 77.2 mm, while Cheyyar recorded the lowest rainfall with 14 mm. Chengam (28.2 mm), Polur (18.6 mm) and Vandavasi (19 mm) have also received some rain.

In Vellore district, sharp showers hit the Fort City at about 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, taking commuters and passerby by surprise. The rainfall grew heavier by the minute and continued till midnight. Sharp showers, then reduced to a gentle drizzle till morning turning Sunday morning a pleasant experience.

Arcot recorded the highest rainfall in the district, with 64 mm followed by Vellore (51.7 mm), Vaniyambadi (53 mm), Kaveripakkam (59.4), Tirupattur (55.3), Gudiyattam (41 mm), Melalathur (40.8 mm), Sholinghur 13 (mm), Wallajapet (14 mm), Arakkonam (8.5 mm), Alangayam (16.6 mm) also experiencing rainfall.


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