6,000 people seek refuge in 9 districts in Tamil Nadu

At least 6000 people took refuge in 53 government relief camps in nine districts . Officials said discharge from Mettur reservoir in Salem began declining .

CHENNAI: At least 6000 people took refuge in the 53 government relief camps in nine districts as rain continued to lash various areas of Tamil Nadu.Eleven NDRF and SDRF teams, consisting of 348 people, were stationed in Trichy, The Nilgiris, Namakkal, Coimbatore, Erode, and Kanyakumari districts in coordination with the district administration.Officials said the discharge from Mettur reservoir in Salem began declining, and the situation is expected to return to normal in the coming days.Kollidam recorded a 1.30 lakh cusecs of water downstream of the Mukkombu barrage in Trichy on Saturday.

Though discharge from Mettur reservoir dropped to 1.10 lakh cusecs on Saturday, Kumar said the effect would be seen at Upper Anicut at Mukkombu on Saturday night if there is no more rain in the catchment areas of Mettur, Bhavanisagar, and Amaravathi reservoirs.The Mayanur barrage in Karur over Cauvery released 1.88 lakh cusecs of water.The district administration had issued a flood alert to residents along the river after the water level in Amaravathi reservoir in Tirupur was at full capacity due to incessant rainfall in catchment areas.Officials said the reservoir was taking 10,600 cusecs of water out of it.

Officials from the public works department were keeping an eye on the water level of Amaravathi reservoir around the clock.Officials are using loudspeakers to warn those near the river.On Saturday, southern Tamil Nadu saw no torrential rain, though some areas saw only minor drizzles.While the ban on bathing stayed in force at the main falls in Courtallam, people were still allowed to take bath in the other four falls.

The river was flooded with up to 3,502 cubic meters of water.Residents in the Vaigai river banks in Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Sivaganga, and Ramanathapuram were cautioned not to go into the water for swimming or crossing due to the river's high flow.