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(IANS)

Relief centres had to be opened in Erode district of Tamil Nadu with the Cauvery river in spate; officials said on Thursday, adding that 2 lakh cusecs of water had to be released from the Stanley reservoir in Mettur.

Around 200 houses on the river banks at Bhavani and Kodumudi in Erode district were inundated by the water flow.

At least 143 families comprising 490 people were shifted to relief camps in Erode district.

Water entered the houses in Kanchan Nagar, Cauvery Nagar, Pasuveswarar Street and Cauvery Street —all in Bhavani municipality and Elupullai Thoppu in Kodumudi municipality, and people from these houses were immediately shifted to relief centres.

The district administration had opened relief centres with the water level increasing since Wednesday night. It had made precautions to shift people if homes were inundated, and on Thursday, families were moved, and household items were shifted to safe locations.

The TANGEDCO officials cut off power in the region after a transformer was inundated in water in the Bhavani market area.

Meanwhile, a flood warning was issued along the banks of the Aliyar river after copious rainfall continued in the Western Ghats. The inflow in the Aliyar reservoir was steadily increasing and reached 118 ft with the whole reservoir level (FRL) at 120 feet, and the outflow to the river has increased.

In the Nilgiris district, a red alert has been issued with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) units being deployed in the district, which is expected to receive heavy rains on Friday.

After heavy rains, four units of the NDRF have been deployed in the Nilgiris district and Kanyakumari district.

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