Chennai: Flood alert has been sounded in 11 districts of Tamilnadu as rain continues to pound various parts of the State as well as the riparian states.
With the Cauvery in spate, the alert has been sounded in Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Erode, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur districts.
Flood alert has been issued to Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Owing to heavy rain in the upper riparian State of Karnataka, water inflow into Mettur dam has been increased to 2.06 lakh cusecs – 86,900 cusecs from Kabini and 1.20 lakh cusecs from Krishnarajasagar dam. In the next two days, the inflow is expected to swell to 2.10 lakh cusecs.
So, outflow from Mettur dam has been stepped up from 1.65 lakh cusecs to 1.70 lakh cusecs.
The Tirunelveli district administration has banned bathing in all the falls of Courtallam for the fourth day today, due to heavy floods.
With the Noyyal river in spate in Tirupur, water is flowing over the bridge.
As excess water is being let out of Sitraru and Pechiparai dams in Kanyakumari, the Kodayaru river is rising. Since the Kodayaru is in spate, flood water is gushing down Tiruparappu falls.
More heavy rain is forecast for Karnataka and Kerala. The Met Department says that there will be heavy rain in one or two places in Tamilnadu also.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into southwest Arabian Sea.