AUGUST 11, 2018
Following heavy discharge of more than one lakh cusecs of Cauvery water by Karnataka, eight districts of Tamil Nadu, including Nilgiris where all the major and minor dams are full, have been put on flood alert.
The regional meteorological centre in Chennai has also warned of heavy rains in western Tamil Nadu.
“So far more than ten people have died in floods and last month, five people including three women, were washed away in Salem. Considering the fact that the discharge of water from Kabini and Krishna Raja Sagar dams is alarming, the low lying areas of Tamil Nadu have now been put on alert,” a top state government official told HT.
The state disaster management authority and the collectors of Erode, Dharmapuri, Salem, Krishnagiri, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Trichy and Karur have been instructed to be ready for flood mitigation works, the official added.
The water level of Stanley reservoir in Mettur reached its full capacity of 120 feet and its surplus is being discharged since last month. The previous surplus released was around 80,000 cusecs and now the inflow is even higher, said state government sources now monitoring the situation.
The revenue department have also reached out to the people residing along the banks of the Cauvery in Namakkal, Karur, Trichy and Thanjavur, asking them to be ready for evacuation if required. District collectors have also been asked to furnish the list of vulnerable spots, where the state disaster management teams have to be deployed.