In the wake of heavy inflow of water into the Mettur dam, which has almost reached its full capacity, the district administrations of Karur and Tiruchi on Sunday issued a fresh flood warning to the people living along the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers to move to safe places immediately.

Tiruchi Collector K. Rajamani told
The Hindu
that he had received inputs that the quantum of water released from the Mettur has been increased to 30,000 from 20,000 on Sunday night. It was likely to go up to 55,000 cusecs on Monday noon.

The Public Works Department was working out a water management strategy. Besides stepping up water for irrigation in delta areas and filling up tanks and lakes in Tiruchi and other delta districts, there was a possibility of opening the Coleroon river for discharging of excess water.

Hence, the people living along the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers have been asked to go to safer areas.

The washermen and others were advised to safeguard themselves and their belongings. Revenue, Rural Development and PWD officials, Fire and Rescue Services personnel were instructed to closely monitor the developments, Mr. Rajamani said.

Karur Collector T. Anbalagan said that since the water level was rapidly rising in the Cauvery river, the people, particularly elders and children, should avoid taking bath. People in low lying areas should move to safer places.

The Revenue, Police, PWD and other officials have been alerted to launch rescue operation immediately if there was a need.

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