Udhagamandalam: A portion of the government high school building in Melur Hosahatty in Coonoor taluk here collapsed on Tuesday due to heavy rain. As luck would have it, it was a holiday for the schools in the district as red alert was issued by the India Meteorological Department.
According to a source, it was a portion of the Class XI classroom wall that collapsed. The incident took place at 11pm. The region had received heavy rain in the past couple of days.
Chief educational officer Nazarudheen said the backside wall of the classroom was fully soaked in rainwater. “Luckily, it was a holiday and students were not in the classroom.”
He said the school building was about 60 years old. “Built in 1958, the school building has been in use continuously. There are about 150 students studying in the school.”
When alerted, Public Works Department (PWD) and other officials inspected the school. “The damaged portion of the school is cordoned off. PWD officials is now assessing the stability of the building,” said the chief educational officer.
In another instance, collector J Innocent Divya inspected the damaged roads and vulnerable places in the district on Tuesday. She inspected the repair work on Ooty-Kundha road, which was caved due to heavy rain. She also visited a relief camp in Hulical panchayat, where residents of MelBharathinagar are housed. The collector has instructed officials to take measures on a war footing to combat the situation.