Cyclonic storm ‘Michaung,’ pronounced as Migjaum, is anticipated to make landfall near Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh around 1:30 pm on Tuesday, December 5, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The cyclone has resulted in substantial rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, particularly impacting Chennai and its neighboring districts. Tragically, at least 17 individuals have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Chennai, accompanied by significant property damage. Despite the challenges, rain has subsided in Chennai, and flight operations have resumed.
The AIADMK has criticized the Tamil Nadu government for its perceived inefficiency in handling the impact of Cyclone Michaung. Meanwhile, the cyclone has stranded around 200 young paddlers in Vijayawada, adding to the challenges faced by individuals and communities along India’s east coast. With the India Meteorological Department confirming the completion of Michaung’s landfall process, the focus now shifts to the extensive relief and rescue operations underway, with 29 NDRF teams deployed across Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Puducherry.