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According to sources, three houses collapsed after a compound wall crumbled, trapping the residents inside the debris.

At least 15 people died as three houses collapsed at Nadur village, near Co-Operative Society, Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district on Monday following torrential rain. The rescue operations to pull out those trapped inside the rubble are still in progress.

The incident happened in the wee hours of Monday. According to sources, a compound wall collapsed, trapping the residents inside the debris. The wall crumbled to the ground due to the torrential rains that have been lashing the area for the last two days.

The deceased include 10 females, three males and two children. They have been identified as: Harisudha(16), Sivakami(45), Oviyammal(50), Nathiya(30), Vaidhegi(20), Thilagvathi(50), Arukani(55), Rukumani(40), Nivetha(18), Chinnamal (70); Guru(45), Ramnath(20), Anandh Kumar(40); and Akshaya(7), Loguram(7).

The fire and rescue services personnel are at the spot, trying to rescue those who have been trapped under the debris. Twelve bodies have been taken out of the rubble and sent to the Government Hospital in Mettupalayam.

Search is ongoing for three others who lived in the houses that collapsed.

According to data from private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman, Mettupalayam received 180 mm of rainfall during the 24 hours ending at 8 am on Monday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of the deceased. 

Heavy rains have been lashing many parts of Tamil Nadu over the last 48 hours. In view of this, district collectors across the state have declared holidays for schools and colleges.

On Saturday, a 70-year-old man died after a wall collapsed on him at Melattur village in Thanjavur district due to continuous rains. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast more rains in the next two days across Tamil Nadu.

(This is a developing story)