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Cyclone Michaung effect: Heavy rain likely in Chhattisgarh, AP, Odisha| Top 10 updates

Cyclone Michaung updates: Two days after facing cyclone ‘Michaung’, many parts of Chennai continue reel under severe flooding, water-logging, and power cut-off. To take note of the flood situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Tamil Nadu on Thursday. He is also scheduled to hold a meeting with CM MK Stalin. 

Despite weakening into a well-marked low-pressure area, Cyclone Michaung will continue to cause heavy rainfall at isolated places in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and North Andhra Pradesh for the next 10-12 hours, according to IMD.

South Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will not receive any more rain due to the cyclone. However, several districts continue to grapple with the aftermath of the tropical cyclone. Here are the top updates on the Michaung cyclone.

Michaung Cyclone: Latest updates

-As people continue to face severe flooding, and power cuts in several parts of Chennai, the government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the city on December 7.

-Rescue operations continued to save people stuck in water-logged areas of the city including localities like Velachery and Tambaram. On Wednesday too, people were seen leaving their homes and calling for help, including pressing more boats to ferry people to higher ground.

-After making landfall, the cyclonic storm has weakened into a low-pressure area and will not have any disastrous impact, DG IMD Mrityunjay Mohapatra told ANI on Wednesday.

-The cyclone lies over south Chhattisgarh and the neighbourhood at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, said IMD in its bulletin. It is likely to become less marked during the next 12 hours.

-The cyclone is likely to move north-northeastward and weaken further. In the next 12-18 hours, rainfall will continue in some places. Moreover, isolated heavy rainfall may occur from 7 cm to 11 cm in areas of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and North Andhra Pradesh, Mohapatra told ANI.

-Apart from the previously-mentioned states, south Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu are completely clear, said Mohapatra nullifying any possibility of heavy rainfall due to the cyclone. He also said that fishermen of these states can venture into the sea to earn livelihood.

-The weather forecast agency has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by lightning very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, Kerala, and Mahe and Lakshadweep. There was no rain forecast in the bulletin for Thursday.

-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin took stock of affected areas due to cyclone Michaung on Wednesday. Moreover, he also distributed items of necessities like food and milk to the victims of cyclone-induced floods. He also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking an immediate interim relief fund of 5060 crore.

-“The floodwaters in Chennai’s suburbs are still inundated. Many people are working in the field to ensure that everyone gets necessities like food and milk. We are continuing our fieldwork with the hope that the situation will improve soon,” MK Stalin posted on X.

-In Odisha, severe rainfall due to cyclone storm Michaung’s landfall in Andhra Pradesh, caused damage to standing crops in southern Odisha. The government has sought damage assessment reports from district collectors.

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Published: 06 Dec 2023, 09:45 PM IST

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