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Cyclone Michaung Claims 8 Lives, Tamil Nadu Battling Submerged Subways and Closed Roads as CM Stalin Oversees Relief Operations

Cyclone Michaung Death

On Tuesday evening, Severe Cyclone ‘Michaung’ is expected to make landfall on the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh between Nellore and Machilipatnam, causing eight deaths and closing multiple roads and subways.

Manjambakkam to Vadaperumbakkam Road has been closed due to the release of water from Puzhal Lake, police said. So far, 8 deaths have been reported in the state, according to the police.

According to Tamil Nadu police, an unidentified man in his 70s was found dead at the platform near Vaidyanathan flyover. Padmanaban (50) from Senthurai, Natluun, Dindigul district, died from electrocution at Loan Square Road. Another man, Murugan (35), passed away after a tree fell on him in Besant Nagar. The lifeless body of a woman believed to be around 60 years old was discovered at Foreshore Estate Bus Depot. Ganesan (70) from Thuraipakkam met his demise when he got electrocuted while walking near his home.

Additionally, many families, including pregnant women, children, and senior citizens, were rescued from different areas affected by Cyclone Michaung.

A total of 17 subways are closed due to water logging, including Ganesapuram Subway, Gengureddy Subway, Sembium (Perambur), Villivakkam and Duraisamy Subway.

58 trees have fallen

On Tuesday morning, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin inspected the Cyclone-affected areas in the state. Chennai’s Kannapar Thital rain relief camp was inspected by the Tamil Nadu chief minister., Chennai. The relief center consists of 162 facilities, of which 43 operate and accommodate 2477 residents of Chennai. There are 20 kitchens that provide food to the centres.

To provide food for those staying in relief camps, the state government has asked the authorities about the availability of ready-made items, including rice, dals, and vegetables.

Due to systematic improvements and comprehensive structural preparations, CM Stalin stated, “We have reduced/prevented death to a great extent. Rescue and relief operations are progressing at wartime speeds.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and other top officials monitor operations at the Integrated Command and Control Center as 5000 workers from other districts are moved to Chennai for mitigation works. Among the priorities for the Chennai corporation are rescue operations, food for individuals relocated to relief centers, and road clearing.

As a result of the release of water from the Chembarambakkam Lake Madha engineering college, the bridge in the Nerkundram area was partially submerged. Water reached near the neck level, and people had difficulty walking.

According to the IMD, Severe Cyclonic Storm “MICHAUNG” has moved northwards at a speed of 07 kmph over Westcentral Bay of Bengal off the southern Andhra Pradesh and adjacent northern Tamil Nadu coast. As of 0530 hours IST on December 5th, 2023, the storm is centred at Latitude 14.9°N and Longitude 80.2°E. It is approximately 20 km east of Kavali, 50 km north-northeast of Nellore, 200 km north of Chennai, 110 km south-southwest of Bapatla, and 170 km south-southwest of Machilipatnam.

Furthermore, Cyclone ‘Michaung’ is expected to cross south Andhra Pradesh during the forenoon of December 5 with a wind speed of 90-100 kph.

During the near-northward movement of the system close to the coast, some parts of the wall cloud region are located overland. During the morning of 5th December, the system is expected to move parallel to and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast and cross the south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, near Bapatla as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with a sustained wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph.

Airports will be remain closed due to cyclone michaung

Due to adverse weather conditions, Chennai Airfield will remain closed for arrival and departure operations until 0900 hrs IST tomorrow.

The heavy rains in Chennai severely affected the city’s public life. As a result of persistent heavy rain, several areas, including Wallajah Road, Mount Road, Anna Salai, Chepauk, outside Omandurar government multispecialty hospital and other low-lying areas, were inundated.

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