A flood alert has been sounded to the people residing on the banks of river Bhavani in Mettupalayam, following heavy rains in the Nilgiris. The PWD authorities in Bhavani started releasing surplus water From the Pilloor reservoir which has been receiving heavy southwest monsoon rains.
An inflow of 10,000 cusecs of surplus water has been recorded in the dam, a press release from the Coimbatore district Collector K Rajamani said on Monday.
In view of this, the dam level is expected to reach its full capacity of 95/5 feet. It has been decided to discharge 6,000 cusecs of water from it, which would result in spate in the Bhavani river, he said.
People living along the river banks have been advised to move to safer places, Rajamani said. Nilgiris received heavy rains with Gudalur recording close to 1.4 cm in the last 24 hours, the Chennai weather office said.
Schools in Nilgiris and Gudalur declared a holiday on Tuesday.