Cyclone Michaung wreaks havoc in Chennai; Amit Shah assures support

Cyclone Michaung: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured support to the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry in dealing with Cyclone Michaung's aftermath.

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Cyclone Michaung: The ferocity of Cyclone Michaung, born from a deep depression over the South Bay of Bengal, has led to the loss of five lives in Chennai, with the state grappling with severe weather conditions.

The cyclone's impact has uprooted numerous trees across Tamil Nadu due to intense winds, causing water-logging and significant disruptions in daily life. One individual sustained injuries from a fallen tree, underscoring the severity of the situation.

Flight Operations Halted, Services Disrupted

In response to the cyclonic conditions, Chennai's airport authorities have suspended operations until 9 a.m. tomorrow, affecting travel schedules. Waterlogging in key areas, leading to the closure of subways and disrupted traffic, exacerbates the crisis.

Devastating Forecasts and Public Safety Measures

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings of heavy rainfall across north-coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, anticipating extremely heavy falls in certain regions of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam on December 4 and 5.

Government Measures and Support Initiatives

In light of the catastrophe, the Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur districts. Essential services remain operational, while precautionary measures have been urged, as the IMD maintains a red alert status for Chennai and neighbouring areas.

Union Home Minister's Assurances and Preparedness

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured support to the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry in dealing with Cyclone Michaung's aftermath. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Railways, and other agencies stand prepared with rescue and relief teams deployed and railways operating cautiously in the cyclone-prone regions.

Railways' Caution and Emergency Preparedness

The Indian Railways has taken precautions by cancelling 60 trains in the East Coast Railway's jurisdiction, setting up emergency control cells, intensifying patrolling, and establishing helplines for passenger convenience. Early restoration plans have been outlined in the event of track damage due to the cyclone.

Helpline and Communication

Helpline numbers have been activated for information and assistance in Bhubaneswar, with preparations in place to manage and mitigate the cyclone's impact in railway jurisdictions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also extended support to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, emphasising the need for collective preparedness and assistance to combat the effects of Cyclone Michaung.