With the North East monsoon intensifying in Tamil Nadu and the core areas of TN tiger reserves receiving copious inflow, the state administration and the forest department had increased the restriction on tourist movement in Ghat areas of TN and a flood alert has been sounded along the Cauvery north wildlife sanctuary spread over Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts.
The cottages and the rooms inside the buffer areas of jungles are not booked following heavy downpour and the anti-poaching watchers who perambulate inside the core areas are also advised about flooding warning to be cautious, said a forest range officer in The Nilgiris. The Moyar river and the Bhavani river are in spate causing floods in Sathyamangalam. Operation of coracles in Thengumaradha had been suspended. Only the four-wheeler drive vehicles of forest department are allowed to enter the tiger reserves and the even the government servants are allowed only after precautions, the ranger said adding that the Karnataka foresters are also implementing restrictions in adjacent Bandipur tiger reserve due to heavy rains.
Foresters are also denied permission to visit the Berijam lake in Kodaikanal following heavy landslides and floods. The situation is likely to continue till December, Kodaikanal foresters told DT Next.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had given instructions for district collectors to take adequate precautionary measures. A high-level meeting comprising the top brass from Public Works Department, TNEB, Forest and Revenue department is expected to attend a meeting to be chaired by the CM on Tuesday.