Cyclone Michaung: Govt taking all measures on war-footing, says TN CM

Chennai/Nellore: An orange alert has been sounded by the IMD for Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts as cyclone Michaung approaches the south Andhra Pradesh coast. Several areas of Chennai and its neighbouring districts were inundated due to relentless rains. Transport services took a severe hit as several trains and flights were cancelled on Monday. Meanwhile, an alert has been issued to the districts of Tirupati, Nellore, Prakasam, Bapatla, Krishna, West Godavari, Konaseema, and Kakinada, in Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the cyclone with senior officials on Monday and set several relief efforts in motion

The weather system over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts intensified into a severe cyclonic storm at 8:30 this morning. As of 11:30 this morning, it lay centred about 90 km east to northeast off Chennai, 140 km southeast of Nellore, 200 km northeast off Puducherry, 270 km south to southeast off Bapatla.

TN Govt taking all measures on war-footing: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Monday that his government was taking all necessary measures on a war-footing to provide relief in the wake of Cyclone Michaung disrupting normal life.

Relief measures in rain-affected regions are being implemented immediately, with various department personnel, including police, fire, and rescue, being deployed in large numbers as a preventive mechanism, he stated.

“The government is taking all precautionary measures on a war-footing in response to heavy rainfall over the last two days due to Cyclone Michaung causing devastation in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and Chengalpattu districts,” Stalin mentioned in an official release.