Most of the water bodies in the city and on its outskirts are already filled to the brim, even as more rain is expected to lash the district in the coming days. A Public Works Department (PWD) official said Ukkadam, Periyakulam, Valankulam, Krishnampathy lake, Selvampathy lake, Singanallur lake, Vellalore lake and Selvachinthamani lake were all in spate and the surplus water was being released through outlet channels. All these water bodies are located on the Noyyal basin in the southern part of the city.
The official said almost all the water bodies on the Noyyal basin had filled to their 100% capacity because of the copious water flow in the river. The only exceptions are Neelambur lake and Perur Big Tank, which are only 95% full. “Since they are in spate, we have closed inlet channels to them completely. Only rainwater from the city will flow to them for now.
We are closely monitoring the water bodies to prevent any breach.”Major dams in and around the district are also fast filling up, While the water level in the Aliyar dam has touched 118.85ft against its full capacity of 120ft, the Bhavanisagar dam level has risen to 103ft against its full capacity of 105ft. The water level in the Pillar dam has, meanwhile, touched 88ft against its full capacity of 100ft and the level in the Siruvani has increased to 44.64ft against its full capacity of 49.53ft.
With tanks reaching full level and reservoirs filling up fast during the northeast monsoon, District Collector G.S. Sameeran requested the public to not visit any of the tanks or reservoirs for bathing or recreational activities. Those living in flood-prone or low-lying areas must protect their documents using plastic covers and they should move to safer locations, he said in a release. During this monsoon season, the residents are advised to possess candles, essential items required for a week, medicines, milk powder and masks.
Those seeking shelter in relief camps or seeking removal of debris/fallen trees in Coimbatore district shall contact the control room at 1077 or send messages via WhatsApp at 94899 46722. The public was also requested to download the TN-SMART application on their smartphones to receive updates from the State government during rain, Mr Sameeran said.
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