Cyclone Michaung makes landfall south Andhra coast

New Delhi: Andhra CM directs officials to provide compensation within 48 hours if information is received that people and cattle have died

BY | Tuesday, 5 December, 2023
NDRF personnel rescuing people in Tamil Nadu

The Severe Cyclonic Storm Michaung has made landfall in south Andhra Pradesh coast close to south of Bapatla with a maximum sustained wind speed of 90-100 kmph between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department informed. IMD also said that the storm lay over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and is likely to weaken by 6:00 pm.

As cyclone Michaung (pronounced as MIGJAUM) approached the coast, heavy rainfall battered AP’s coastal districts. According to All India Radio, over 2,000 people were evacuated to 181 cyclone relief centres.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had earlier today reviewed the relief programs in the cyclone affected areas with the officials. The CM ordered to restore electricity supply in the areas affected by the storm on a war footing and to provide compensation within 48 hours if information is received that people and cattle have died, the Andhra CMO informed.

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In Tamil Nadu, five persons have reportedly died in rain related incidents due to Cyclone Michaung. Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday visited various areas in Chennai to inquire about the flood damage and hand out relief materials to the affected. In a post on X, Stalin said that it will take some time for the State to return to normalcy and directed all officials and elected representatives to make immediate efforts to bring back the State on its feet.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Disaster Response Force of all affected States have been instrumental in saving lives from storm in the Bay of Bengal.

Cyclone ‘Michaung’ was named by Myanmar signifying resilience and fortitude. This is the sixth cyclone to develop in the Indian Ocean in 2023 and the fourth to form in the Bay of Bengal.

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