Taking a lesson from incidents on Beas river in Himachal Pradesh and Damodar river in Jharkhand, the Chhattisgarh government has directed the administration to alert people and give them time to move to safe places before opening the floodgates of dams across the state.

In an advisory issued here, Chief Minister Raman Singh has directed district authorities not to open the gates of dams without issuing prior alert.

He directed that officials should ensure that sufficient time was given to people in low-lying areas to shift to safe places before water is released from reservoirs, a State official said on Tuesday.

The CM strictly instructed collectors to keep a close vigil on rising water level in rivers, canals and dams and that people in low lying areas and officers of the neighbouring state should be informed 12 hours in advance, if water has to be released.