Chennai Grapples with Waterlogging After Cyclone Michaung; Defence Minister to Survey Affected Areas
Chennai Grapples with Waterlogging After Cyclone Michaung; Defence Minister to Survey Affected Areas

Chennai continues to battle severe waterlogging in various areas following the onslaught of heavy rainfall triggered by Cyclone Michaung's landfall a couple of days ago. The city witnessed inundation in several spots, including a petrol pump in Pallikaranai and the Jerusalem College of Engineering, due to the relentless downpour.

Further afield, the Kodaikanal Hills in Dindigul district experienced overflowing waterfalls as a result of the excessive rainfall in the region.

As weather conditions gradually improved, the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train service resumed its regular schedule, departing from Chennai Central (MMC) station to Tiruttani on Thursday morning.

Transportation services across the southern state were severely impacted by Cyclone Michaung's aftermath, prompting a halt in operations.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to arrive in Tamil Nadu to assess the flood situation caused by Cyclone Michaung. He announced his travel plans via X, stating, "Leaving New Delhi for Chennai to assess the flood situation caused due to 'Michaung' Cyclone in Tamil Nadu. Shall conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas and also review the situation with the State Government."

Singh will be accompanied by Thangam Thennarasu, the state Finance Minister, and the chief secretary during the aerial survey of the flood-affected regions. L Murugan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, will also join the Defence Minister during the survey.

Following the aerial assessment, the Defence Minister will meet with Chief Minister MK Stalin to evaluate the ongoing relief efforts carried out by various agencies in the state.

In response to the dire situation, the Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpattu on Thursday due to severe flooding in these districts post-Cyclone Michaung. Moreover, schools and colleges in six taluks—Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalur, Thiruporur, Chengalpattu, and Thirukazhukundram—will remain closed on the same day.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted operations and dropped a total of 2,300 kg of relief material in the flood-affected areas of Chennai. Coordination between the IAF and the Tamil Nadu government facilitated the delivery of relief materials from various agencies in the state.

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