Chennai, Aug 13: The Tamil Nadu government has evacuated villagers and set up relief camps as it gears up to tackle the flood situation in the Cauvery, said reports on Monday. As many as 359 people living along the river banks in low-lying areas of Salem, Erode and Namakkal districts have been rescued. State Disaster Management Minister RB Udayakumar said the evacuated villagers have been placed in four relief camps. In Namakkal district, 276 people have been evacuated, he said, and two relief camps have been set up there while there is one camp each in Salem in Erode districts, said a report in a leading daily.(Also read: Passports Damaged in Rains Will be Replaced Free of Cost)

The minister said inter-department zonal disaster management teams have been formed to monitor the situation. The inflow into the dam stood at 1.3 lakh cusecs. According to a government statement, Udayakumar said villagers had been advised not to venture near the river. Warning messages were being issued periodically in villages along the banks using public address system, said reports. “The state government has also instructed local bodies to erect warning boards on either side of the low-level bridges and causeways about the flood situation,” Udayakumar said.

The Met department had also forecast heavy rains for Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul and Tirunelveli districts. Fishermen have been instructed not to go fishing in the Bay of Bengal, particularly along the Andhra coastline.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Kerala, the toll due to rain-related incidents has risen to 39. The state has also sought an aid of Rs 400 crore, in addition to the Rs 100 crore Central fund. The total damage caused already is estimated to be worth Rs 8,316 crore, said Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan. He has requested for an additional Rs 400 crore from the Home Ministry to carry out immediate relief and rehabilitation work in the state even as the Centre has promised an aid of Rs 100 crore to the rain-battered state.