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Pay 10 lakh each to kin: HC

Pay 10 lakh each to kin: HC
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The Madras High Court on Friday ordered payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the families to two girls electrocuted in the State capital.

Chennai : The Madras High Court on Friday ordered payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the families to two girls electrocuted in the State capital.

Bhavana and Yuvashri, both aged eight, died on November 1 when they stepped on a power cable submerged in water in the Kodungaiyur locality.

The High Court ordered the Tamil Nadu government to pay compensation after it took suo motu notice on Thursday when a lawyer made an urgent mention of the matter.

The government told the court that the electricity supply utility had already given Rs 2 lakh each as compensation while Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced Rs 3 lakh each to the families.

Torrential overnight downpour threw normal life out of gear in several parts of the metropolis and neighbouring districts, even as the Marina Beach locality recorded a whopping 30 cm of rain.

Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, remained shut in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, as the Tamil Nadu government appealed to private firms to allow their employees work from home.

There was no rain in the city since morning, though the sky remained largely overcast.

In a fresh rain-related incident, a middle-aged farmer was electrocuted at Manal agaram near Tiruvarur when he stepped on a snapped live wire lying under water in his field, police said. Thus, toll of rain-related incidents in the southern state since the arrival of north east monsoon on October 27, has risen to eight.

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