Police in Tamil Nadu say that two persons had died as earth caved in while they were digging near Yercaud hills of Salem District.
Police said there a private landowner had employed 24 labourers for digging operations as part of laying of the foundation for constructing a lodge.
While they were digging the earth caved in because of the heavy rains on the hills on Monday. They victims were buried by the debris and their bodies recovered on Monday evening.
Police are still investigating whether that landowner had obtained all the documents for constructing the lodge.