As most of the low lying areas got inundated, rescue teams were deployed to shift people to shelters. District Fire officer B Saravana Babu told TNIE that firemen have rescued around 90 people from areas, including Kalial, Pallikal, Vaikalur and Partheepapuram, using boats. Source said some were refusing to leave for the shelters. Police said a 17-year-old boy from Chennai, who had come to his grandmother’s house at Mulucode near Arumanai, drowned while bathing in a nearby tank on Saturday. Another 17-year-old boy drowned at Valliyar River in Kadiyapattinam. Catchment areas in the Kanyakumari district received heavy rains till Sunday morning, ensuring copious inflow to dams here. As surplus water was released from the reservoirs, rivers were also in spate.
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