At least 17 people from four families were buried alive in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu when heavy rains caused a large wall to collapse on their homes while they were sleeping, police said on Monday.
The dead included two children in Nadur village in Thanjavur district, which was pounded by torrential rain, as told by police official.
The 20 feet (6 metres) high wall crumbled at around 5:30am (00:00 GMT) some 50km (30 miles) north of Coimbatore, the Times of India newspaper reported.
Efforts were on to rescue the trapped people and clear the debris from the compound wall, which fell on houses close by, a senior police officer told Reuters news agency.
Building collapses are tragically common in India during wet periods with rickety and poorly maintained structures buckling under the weight of continuous