Shek Afraj, MD Tofik : “Two Dead, One Injured as Chennai East Coastal Road Wall Collapses Amid Heavy Rainfall”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Two individuals have tragically lost their lives and another is critically injured following a devastating incident on the Chennai East Coastal Road this morning. The incident occurred amidst heavy rainfall and powerful winds that have been battering various parts of Chennai. The victims have been identified as Shek Afraj and MD Tofik, both hailing from Jharkhand. According to the police, a newly constructed wall in the Kanathur area of East Coastal Road collapsed under the weight of the relentless downpour and gusty winds.

Authorities have confirmed that the Airfield at Chennai Airport has been closed for arrival operations from 0917 hrs to 1130 hrs IST. This closure comes as the city continues to experience heavy rainfall and powerful winds. The turbulent weather conditions are the result of cyclone Michaung, which is currently situated approximately 100 km east-northeast of Chennai. Over the past six hours, the cyclone has been moving at a speed of 10 km/hr. Chennai Regional Metrology Director, Balachandran, has stated that the cyclone is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by 4 p.m. today. It is projected to move in a northwest direction, parallel to the coast of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh, with an anticipated landfall in Nellore-Machilipatnam tomorrow at 4 p.m. The districts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur are likely to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds until this evening.

The impact of cyclone Michaung has led to extensive waterlogging in various parts of Chennai. Maduravoyal, Porur, Saligaramam, and Valasaravakkam are among the areas most affected by flooding. Additionally, the strong winds accompanying the cyclone have caused trees to be uprooted in many places.

In response to the severe weather conditions, suburban train services in all Chennai Suburban sections have been temporarily suspended due to heavy rains and waterlogging. Southern Railways has announced that only Passenger Specials will operate in these sections until further notice.

The dangerous weather conditions have also resulted in the cancellation of eleven express trains from Chennai Central. This decision was made after the water level at Bridge No. 14, located between Vyasarpadi and Basin Bridge, reached a critical point due to heavy downpours.

The Divisional Railway Manager of Chennai, Southern Railway, expressed regret for the inconvenience caused by the disruptions and urged commuters to plan their journeys accordingly.

As the city continues to grapple with the impact of cyclone Michaung, it is imperative for residents to exercise caution and follow the instructions of local authorities. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation as it develops.

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