Shek Afraj and MD Tofik : “Two Dead, One Injured in Chennai as Wall Collapses Amid Heavy Rainfall”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Two individuals lost their lives and one person sustained critical injuries in a tragic incident that occurred during heavy rainfall and strong winds in Chennai. The victims have been identified as Shek Afraj and MD Tofik from Jharkhand. The incident took place in the Kanathur area of East Coastal Road, Chennai, where a newly constructed wall collapsed due to the relentless rainfall.

The Chennai Airport also faced the brunt of the severe weather conditions, leading to the closure of the airfield for the arrival of flights from 0917 hrs to 1130 hrs IST. This decision was made to ensure the safety of passengers and prevent any mishaps.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Michaung, located around 100 km east-northeast of Chennai, continued to move towards the city at a speed of 10 km/hr. Balachandran, the Regional Metrology Director in Chennai, stated that the cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by 4 p.m. today. It is projected to move parallel to the coast of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh, with a predicted landfall near Nellore-Machilipatnam by tomorrow afternoon.

The impact of Cyclone Michaung has led to heavy rainfall and strong winds in Chennai, causing waterlogging and uprooting trees in various parts of the city. The weather conditions are expected to persist until this evening in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur districts.

The Meteorological Centre in Chennai issued a warning of moderate thunderstorms, lightning, and moderate to intense rainfall in several districts of Tamil Nadu. These include Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Ranippettai, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichy, Vellore, Thirupattur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, and Nagapattinam.

Due to the heavy rains and waterlogging, suburban train services in all Chennai Suburban sections were temporarily suspended. Southern Railways announced that only Passenger Specials would operate in these sections until further notice.

Furthermore, the heavy downpours caused the water level to reach dangerous levels at Bridge No. 14 between Vyasarpadi and Basin Bridge, resulting in the cancellation of eleven express trains from Chennai Central. The Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, Southern Railway, urged passengers to plan their journeys accordingly and apologized for the inconvenience caused.

The authorities are working diligently to address the challenges posed by the severe weather conditions and ensure the safety of the residents of Chennai. It is crucial for individuals to stay updated with the latest weather reports and follow the instructions provided by the authorities to minimize any risks associated with the cyclone.

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