Cyclone Michaung Kills 8 As Chennai Submerges In Heavy Rain

by | Dec 5, 2023 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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In the wake of Cyclone Michaung’s menacing presence, southern India faces a severe crisis, with at least eight casualties reported and extensive damage caused by heavy rainfall and strong winds. Cyclone Michaung, centred over the Bay of Bengal’s west coast off south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts, has left a trail of destruction, particularly in Chennai and surrounding regions.

Cyclone Michaung Kills 8 As Chennai Submerges In Heavy Rain

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that Cyclone Michaung is anticipated to make landfall near the south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam. As of 0730 hours IST on December 5, 2023, the cyclone was centered over the west-central Bay of Bengal, approximately 35 km east-northeast of Kavali, with a current intensity of 90-100 kmph and gusts reaching up to 110 kmph.

Impact and Casualties

Tragically, at least eight individuals lost their lives in separate incidents attributed to incessant rainfall in Chennai. Andhra Pradesh experienced moderate to heavy rainfall, leading to waterlogging and submerging of regions in various districts. Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu faced severe waterlogging issues, and strong winds uprooted numerous trees, causing widespread damage. Due to adverse weather conditions, Chennai’s airfield was temporarily closed until 9 am on Tuesday.

Weather Forecast and Response Measures

The IMD predicts light to moderate rainfall in most places, with heavy to very heavy rain in some areas, particularly over Andhra Pradesh and Yanam regions.

The Indian Railways has established an emergency control cell at divisional and headquarters levels, with officers from various branches. This team is responsible for continuous monitoring and prompt action to ensure passenger safety during the cyclone.

Government Response and Relief Measures

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister conducted on-site inspections in cyclone-ravaged areas, interacting with affected residents and distributing food to those impacted.

Subways in Chennai were ordered shut due to heavy waterlogging, and traffic movement from Manjambakkam to Vadaperumbakkam Road was closed. In anticipation of heavy rainfall, all primary, upper primary, high school, and Anganwadi centres were ordered to remain closed on December 6, 2023.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held telephone discussions with the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. Shah emphasized the need for relief and rescue measures to minimize loss of life and damage. The central government assured all possible support to deal with the cyclonic impact.

The controversy surrounding Sultan Al Jaber, the President of COP28, questioning the need to phase out fossil fuels adds another concern. As Chennai grapples with the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, global attention is divided between immediate relief efforts and broader climate change debates.

Looking Ahead

As southern India battles the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, the focus shifts to relief efforts, rehabilitation, and long-term resilience planning. The aftermath of the cyclone highlights the pressing need for action on climate change and emphasizes the importance of collaborative initiatives to tackle the challenges presented by extreme weather events. The coming days will be crucial in determining the extent of the damage and the effectiveness of response measures undertaken by both state and central authorities.

Also Read: 124 Countries Unite In COP28 Signing Declaration On Climate And Health

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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