Two elderly persons have died and two others injured after lightning struck their houses in Salem district.
The bodies of the deceased persons were sent for a post-mortem at Salem Government Hospital. Also, S Prasad, 21 from Tirupur and S Kesavaraj, 25, both studying medicine in a private college and staying in rented house in the same neighbourhood, suffered injuries in lightning and were admitted in a private hospital in Kondalampatty for treatment.
Meanwhile, in Erode district, vast stretches of farm fields were submerged in water due to a breach in the lower Bhavani project (LBP) canal at Mettukadai area on Thursday evening.
As the Bhavani Sagar dam reached its brim following good rain, about 2,300 cusecs of water was being released into the canal. Farmers urged the authorities to stop release of water through the canal and sought to compensate their crop loss.
The PWD officials were involved in plugging the breach and the ongoing works were monitored by Erode District Collector C Kathiravan. A compound wall of a government primary school collapsed at Kethampalayam area.
The wall turned damp and weak due to stagnation of water around the compound premises over the last two days. Water also entered into few houses located in the neighbourhood.