Shek Afraj, MD Tofik : “Cyclone Michaung: Two Dead in Chennai, Section 144 Imposed in Puducherry | What We Know So Far”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : As cyclone ‘Michaung’ is expected to make landfall tonight in southern Andhra Pradesh and the north coast of Tamil Nadu, several parts of Chennai continue to receive heavy rainfall with very strong winds.

Waterlogging has been experienced in several parts of the city, including Maduravoyal, Porur, Saligaramam, and Valasaravakkam. Strong winds have uprooted trees in many places, causing further damage and disruption.

Tragically, two people have lost their lives and one person is critically injured as a result of the severe weather conditions. Police have identified the deceased as Shek Afraj and MD Tofik from Jharkhand. The incident occurred when a newly constructed wall collapsed in the Kanathur area of East Coastal Road, Chennai, due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

The Chennai Airport has also announced the closure of its airfield for arrival operations from 0917 hrs to 1130 hrs IST. The Regional Metrology Director, Balachandran, has provided updates on the cyclone’s movement, stating that it lies about 100 km east-northeast of Chennai and has been moving at a speed of 10 km/hr in the last 6 hours. The cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by 4 p.m. today.

Furthermore, the Meteorological Centre in Chennai has predicted heavy rainfall and strong winds in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur districts until this evening. The cyclone is expected to make landfall tonight, affecting southern Andhra Pradesh and the north coast of Tamil Nadu.

Due to the heavy rains and waterlogging, suburban train services in all the Chennai Suburban sections have been temporarily suspended. Waterlogging has been reported in various parts of the city, and several trees have been uprooted by strong winds. The Divisional Railway Manager of Chennai’s Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of eleven express trains from Chennai Central due to the danger posed by rising water levels.

In Puducherry, Section 144 of the IPC has been imposed in coastal areas near the sea shore to prevent any loss of life or property. The movement of all persons in these areas has been prohibited from 7 p.m. on December 3 until 6 p.m. on December 5.

The Indian meteorological department has issued an ‘orange’ alert for North coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal, warning of extremely heavy rainfall on December 3 and heavy to very heavy rainfall on December 4.

As the cyclone continues to approach, authorities are urging residents to stay safe and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property.

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