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A strong red alert to the people living in and around the catchment areas of pilloor dam – 23july2020

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A red alert was given by officials on Friday to the people living on the banks of the River Bhavani near Mettupalayam. It was due to the release of surplus inflow water from Pilloor Dam due to incessant south-west monsoon rains in the Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts  as reported by THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Earlier a week, THE HINDU published that the Nilgiris district has been experiencing incessant rains for the last couple of days and excess water is flowing into Pilloor dam, the capacity of which has reached near 97 feet as against the full capacity of 100 feet.

Pilloor dam

a reservoir which recieves water from a tributary of cauvery. It serves as a major water source for coimbatore district.

red alert

Red alert to know the seriousness

Today the Pilloor reservoir shutters were opened in the early hours of Thursday after the water level touched the 97-feet mark of the full reservoir level of 100 feet. Which alaramed the officials as rain continues for another week.

As a result, through the public address system, a red alert was given to the people in the areas in Thekkampatti, Nellithurai, Mettupalayam, Alankombu, and Sirumugai. They were also asked to shift to higher places, following the overflowing of Bhavani River.

Red alert

Red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rain for the third consecutive day and orange for the first two days.

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