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17 people, including two children, are buried alive when the wall collapses in India

17 people, including two children, are buried alive in their sleep when heavy rain causes the wall in India to collapse

  • Heavy rainfall caused a 20ft high wall to collapse on four houses in South India
  • At least 17 people, including two seven-year-old children, were buried alive
  • Police and fire brigade are still looking for more victims through the rubble
  • The rain has fallen since Saturday and had already claimed five lives

At least 17 people, including two young children, were buried alive in their sleep when a 20ft high wall collapsed on their homes amid heavy rainfall in India.

Police said the wall crashed around 5.30 am in a village 30 miles north of the city of Coimbatore, in southern India, crushing four houses.

The dead include two seven-year-old children, two teenagers and their older relatives. Firefighters with excavators are still looking for more casualties in the rubble.

The police were called to the village of Nadu in southern India around 5.30 am after a 20 ft wall collapsed on four houses and the residents buried alive while they slept

The police were called to the village of Nadu in southern India around 5.30 am after a 20 ft wall collapsed on four houses and the residents buried alive while they slept

Authorities have announced a compensation of 4,000 rupees (£ 40) for the relatives of the victims for every family member they have lost.

The wall collapsed in the midst of heavy rainfall that has tarnished the state of Tamil Nadu since Saturday and has claimed five lives, the Hindustan Times reported.

The collapse of buildings is tragically common in India during wet periods with rickety and poorly maintained structures that buckle under the weight of continuous rain.

In July, a collapsing wall killed 30 people in Mumbai.

At least 17 people - including two seven-year-old children and two teenagers - are among the dead, while firefighters are still looking for more victims

At least 17 people - including two seven-year-old children and two teenagers - are among the dead, while firefighters are still looking for more victims

At least 17 people – including two seven-year-old children and two teenagers – are among the dead, while firefighters are still looking for more victims

Forecasters say the state of Tamil Nadu will have more heavy rain in the next 24 hours, with warnings in all six districts of the state.

Schools are closed in the middle of the downpour, while officials have warned that reservoirs and rivers are at their maximum level.

The state of Tamil Nadu, and in particular the city of Chennai, was hit this summer by a severe drought, bringing in water from the surrounding areas to meet the supply.

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