Coimbatore: The water level in Mettur dam has reached its full capacity of 120 feet today for the second time since July 23, following heavy discharge of water from Karnataka. With this, flood alert has been issued to 7 TN districts.
According to the sources, heavy inflow of 1.3 lakh cusecs resulted in the dam reaching its full level of 120 feet around 2 pm. People living in Erode, Namakkal and Salem districts have been evacuated and are moved to relief camps. The state government has also issued warning to people living in low-lying areas to move to safe areas.
Speaking to the media, Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Department Minister RB Udayakumar stated that people have been evacuated from the low-lying areas of Salem, Erode, and Namakkal districts following flood alerts issued in parts of the state.
People living nearby Cauvery river are asked to maintain a safe distance and to not go into the river for bathing, fishing or any other tasks.
Special teams are formed with officials from PWD, Revenue, Police and the Fire and Rescue Services Departments continuing to patrol low-lying areas of the river banks in both Salem and Namakkal districts. People who have been evacuated are housed in relief camps.
A similar warning was issued by the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management on July 23rd, after there was an excess inflow of water into the Mettur dam.