While the death toll in Kerala due to rains touched 167 from the earlier 97, the rivers in Tamil Nadu continue to breach their bunds with flood warning issued to as many as 11 districts.
Low-lying villages along the banks of the Cauvery river and its tributary the Bhavani in Tamil Nadu were inundated and crops submerged following heavy discharge of surplus water from Mettur dam, while people were shifted to safer locations.
MeT department has said heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul and Tirunelveli districts in next 24 hours.
In wake of this, 11 districts namely Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, and Ariyalur have been issued flood warning.
Transport services on the Mettur-Edappadi road in Salem were hit as the Cauvery is in spate. In view of heavy discharge from the Bhavani Sagar dam, areas in Erode district were inundated and crops like turmeric and banana submerged.
A few days ago, the contentious Mullaperiyar Dam issue between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which is now before the Supreme Court following heavy rains over the past week, triggered fresh tension between the two states after Kerala wanted to reduce the level.