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Watch: Cyclone Michaung Intensifies In Chennai: Flights Hit, Home Flooded

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Cyclone Michaung has left a trail of destruction in its wake, claiming two lives as a wall collapsed in Chennai. Additionally, authorities in Puducherry have taken precautionary measures by imposing Section 144 to ensure the safety of residents. As the cyclone continues, here is what we know so far about the impact it has had on these regions.

 

Cyclone Michaung In Chennai

The most disheartening incident reported so far is the collapse of a wall in Chennai, resulting in two casualties. The victims, identified as residents of the area, succumbed to the injuries sustained during the incident. Local authorities and emergency services were quick to respond, initiating rescue operations and providing medical assistance to those affected. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers posed by natural disasters and the need for robust safety measures.

 

Chennai Airport Shuts Down Arrival Operations

In response to the impending threat posed by Cyclone Michaung, Chennai Airport has taken a precautionary measure by closing its airfield for arrival operations. This closure, effective from 0917 hrs to 1130 hrs IST, aims to ensure the safety of passengers and personnel amid the cyclonic conditions.

 

Cyclone Michaung’s Proximity

Balachandran, Chennai’s Regional Meteorology Director, reports that Cyclone Michaung is approximately 100 km from the East-North East of Chennai and has been moving at a speed of 10 km/hr over the last six hours. As the cyclone is expected to make landfall tonight in southern Andhra Pradesh and the north coast of Tamil Nadu, the region braces for intensified rainfall and strong winds.

 

Impact On Chennai

 

Heavy Rains And Waterlogging

Chennai is experiencing heavy rainfall, leading to significant waterlogging in various parts of the city, including Maduravoyal, Porur, Saligaramam, and Valasaravakkam. The downpour has caused substantial inconvenience to residents.

 

Transport Disruptions:

Suburban train services across all sections of Chennai have been temporarily suspended due to heavy rains and waterlogging. Only Passenger Specials will operate until further notice, impacting the daily commute for many residents.

 

Express Train Cancellations

Eleven express trains departing from Chennai Central were canceled on Monday due to rising water levels at Bridge No. 14 between Vyasarpadi and Basin Bridge, a consequence of continuous heavy rainfall.

 

Puducherry Takes Preventive Measures: Section 144 Imposed

Anticipating the impact of Cyclone Michaung, the Puducherry district administration has imposed Section 144 of the IPC on coastal areas near the seashore. This preventive measure, effective from 7 p.m. on December 3 till 6 p.m. December 5. Hence restricting the movement of individuals in these areas to prevent potential loss of life or property. Violation of this order carries legal consequences.

 

Alert From The Indian Meteorological Department

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The Indian Meteorological Department issued an ‘orange’ alert for North coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. The alert warns of extremely heavy rainfall on December 3 and heavy to very heavy rainfall on December 4. Residents are strongly advised to stay informed and follow guidelines from local authorities to navigate through the challenges presented by Cyclone Michaung.

 

Evacuation Efforts And Shelter Arrangements

In both Chennai and Puducherry, evacuation efforts are underway to relocate residents from vulnerable areas to safer locations. Emergency shelters have been set up to accommodate those affected by the cyclone. Authorities are working tirelessly to ensure that evacuation procedures are efficient. The residents are provided with the necessary amenities at the shelters. The priority is to safeguard lives and minimize the impact of Cyclone Michaung on the local population.

 

Prioritizing Safety Amidst The Chaos

As Cyclone Michaung continues to unleash its fury, residents are urged to prioritize their safety and stay updated on developments through reliable sources. The joint efforts of local administrations, emergency services, and the community will play a crucial role in navigating through the challenges posed by Cyclone Michaung.

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