Eight washed away in surging waters in TN



Coimbatore: Eight persons were reported washed away, of which three bodies were recovered Monday, even as 100 huts were surrounded by rainwater in and around Tirupur with the Noyyal river in spate, official sources said.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the sources said a couple and their three children, who were sitting atop their tiled house in Poolawari Sukumaran Nagar, were washed away in the surging waters last night.The bodies of a six-year-old girl and that of the mother were recovered this morning, sources said.

Another body of a man was also retrieved from the water, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, they said.

People also saw two sisters being washed away at Sangilipallam.

Following heavy rains last night, the Noyyal river was in spate and people living on the banks left their belongings in their houses, mostly huts, and ran to safer places.

The rains abated today and there is bright sunshine since morning which has helped authorities in the rescue operations.

District Collector Mathivanan and other officials including police, are supervising the operations.

PTI