5 Dec 2023

Cyclone Michaung: Storm will hit Andhra Pradesh at 1 pm today; govt issues red alert

Cyclone Michaung, which emerged from the Bay of Bengal on December 2, will hit between Nellore-Machilipatnam near Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh at 1 pm today. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), winds can blow at a speed of 90 to 110 kilometers per hour (KMPH) during this period.

High alert in Andhra

There is high alert in Andhra Pradesh regarding cyclone. The state government has issued a red alert in Tirupati, Nellore, Prakasam, Bapatla, Krishna, West Godavari, Konaseema and Kakinada districts. 5 teams each of NDRF and SDRF are deployed in these 8 districts. Apart from this, ships and aircraft of Coast Guard, Army and Navy have been kept on standby.


8 die in Tamil Nadu; Flight operations resume

There was a reduction in rainfall in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The storm caused a lot of destruction in Chennai on Sunday-Monday. So far 8 people have died. Flight operations have started at Chennai International Airport which was closed for 16 hours. On November 4, about 70 flights had to be canceled due to water logging on the runway. 30 flights were diverted to Bengaluru.

 The impact of Michaung cyclone was maximum on Tamil Nadu. Chennai has received around 400-500 mm of rain since the morning of December 3. According to the Water Supply Minister of Tamil Nadu, the city has received such rain for the first time in 70-80 years. 7 teams of NDRF have been deployed in the state. Apart from this, red alert has been issued in the coastal region.

Heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh till Dec 6

IMD has issued a warning of heavy rains with thunderstorms in Andhra Pradesh till December 6. Schools and colleges are closed on 5 December due to the storm. Tirupati Airport Director KM Basavaraju said that all flights were canceled on Monday due to bad weather. These included 14 scheduled and one non-scheduled flights.

Light rain in many districts of Odisha

Light rain is occurring in many districts of Odisha. The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of heavy rain till December 6. Orange alert has been issued for Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam districts for December 5. These districts may receive 2.75 to 4.55 inches of rain.

In view of the storm, Puducherry government has also issued an alert. Section 144 has been imposed around the marine areas of Puducherry. People have been instructed not to go to coastal areas from 7 pm on 3 December to 6 pm on 5 December. Telangana administration has also issued a red alert regarding the storm.

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