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Rain-related incidents claimed 17 lives

Posted on Nov 04, 07:28PM | UNI

Seventeen people were killed in rain-related incidents between October 28 and November 1, when the Cyclone Nilam lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu before crossing the coast at Mamallapuram, about 55 km from here on October 31.

In a statement here, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa expresed shock and grief over the death of 17 people in the rains brought by north east monsoon and announced a solatitum of Rs 2.5 lakh each to the families of the deceased.

The deaths were rproted in Nagapattinam, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram Villuppuram, Dharmapuri, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts.

When the state received first spell of rain after the onset of Northeast monsoon in the third week of October, Ms Jayalalithaa, who had reviewed the situation, announced that 20 people were killed in rain-related incidents and provided assistance to the deceased families.

During the second spell that hit the state a week later, 14 people had died in rain-related incidents and assistance were given to the families of the victims.

With this, 51 people have so far been killed in various rain-related incidents since the onset of the northeast monsoon.