23 July 2024

Severe Cyclone Michaung Makes Landfall in Andhra Pradesh, Triggering Flight and Train Cancellations

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Severe cyclonic storm Michaung made its landfall in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday afternoon, triggering widespread disruptions. The impact resulted in the cancellation of over 50 flights and 100 train services as heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds battered various districts including Nellore, Prakasam, and Bapatla.

Authorities have undertaken extensive evacuation measures, relocating about 9,450 individuals to safety. In response to the crisis, the Andhra Pradesh government has appointed senior bureaucrats as special officers for the cyclone-affected districts to facilitate relief efforts.

The aftermath of the cyclone’s fury was also felt in Chennai and its adjacent areas, where incessant rainfall led to severe flooding, damaging homes, vehicles, and claiming eight lives due to incidents like electrocution and falling trees.

DMK MP Kanimozhi highlighted the intensity of the recent rainfall, stating that it surpassed the rainfall levels recorded in 2015. However, due to the government’s preparedness, substantial evacuation efforts, and the establishment of 411 shelters, significant strides have been made in ensuring the safety of affected individuals. Efforts to pump water out of inundated areas and restore power to a considerable percentage of affected households are also underway.

The situation continues to evolve, and officials are actively working to manage the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung. Stay updated with TOI for further developments and live updates.