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PTI 10 Aug 2018, 03:00 PM India

Flood alert issued for Cauvery river in six TN districts

Chennai/Coimbatore, Aug 10 (PTI) A flood alert was issued

along the banks of Cauvery in six Tamil Nadu districts today

with Karnataka releasing more than one lakh cusecs of water

into the inter-state river in the wake of heavy rains there,

officials said today.

The alert was issued a day after the Central Water

Commission (CWC) gave the first advisory warning, saying

combined discharge of water (more than one lakh cusecs) from

Kabani and KRS dams in Karnataka was expected to reach Mettur

Dam in Salem district of Tamil Nadu by tomorrow.

"Suitable precautionary steps may be taken and downstream

areas informed of the (water) release", the advisory issued by

CWC's Southern Rivers Division.

Accordingly, the collectors of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri,

Salem, Erode, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur districts gave the

flood alert asking people living along the banks of the river,

particularly those in low lying areas, to move to safer places

in case of flood, official sources said.

All preventive and safety measures have been taken to

meet any eventuality that may arise due to expected high

inflow, Salem District Collector Rohini R Bhajibhakare said in

a release.

As the water level in the Mettur Dam stood at 116.85 feet

today against its maximum of 120 feet with a storage of 88.53

tmc ft (capacity 93.4 feet), it was expected to surplus soon.

The inflow into the dam, which was 16,900 cusecs earlier

today, jumped to 60,000 cusecs by the evening, PWD officials

said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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