Schools and colleges in Chennai are closed today due to flooding caused by Cyclone Michaung

As per the IMD, there is a possibility of light to moderate rainfall in the coming days across Kerala, Mahe, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, and Lakshadweep. with the Indian Meteorological Department forecasting additional rainfall.

The Tamil Nadu government has declared the closure of schools and colleges in the Chennai district on Friday (December 8) to facilitate relief efforts in areas significantly impacted by the rainfall.

Chennai continues to face widespread flooding as a result of heavy rainfall induced by Cyclone Michaung over the past few days. Tragically, a minimum of 20 individuals have lost their lives in rain-related incidents within the city.

The cyclonic storm reached the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday and subsequently downgraded to a deep depression. It is anticipated to dissipate as it progresses in a northward direction.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Friday that a new bout of rainfall, including isolated heavy precipitation, is expected in south Peninsular India on December 8 and 9. The IMD stated, “Light to moderate rainfall, along with isolated thunderstorms and lightning, is highly likely over Kerala and Mahe in the next 5 days and over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, and Lakshadweep within the next 3 days.”

The central government has sanctioned a fund of ₹561.29 crore for Tamil Nadu to address flood situations

The regional meteorological center in Chennai predicts heavy rainfall in specific areas, including the Nilgiris and Ghat regions of Coimbatore districts. The forecast indicates, “Heavy rain is expected at one or two places in Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Dindigul, Theni, Chennai, Virudhunagar, Sivaganga, Pudukkottai, and Thanjavur districts.”

Over 9,000 officials deployed for relief work in Chennai

Tamil Nadu chief secretary Shiv Das Meena on Thursday said 9,000 officials from other districts are deployed for the relief work in Chennai, news agency ANI reported.

Cyclone Michaung leaves trail of coastal devastation

Efforts are actively addressing water stagnation at 343 locations, with the distribution of food packets in flood-affected areas. Various district personnel, including medical staff, fire service staff, and EN staff, are mobilized to Chennai for restoration. Meena mentioned, “A total of 9,000 officials from other districts are also engaged in relief work in Chennai.”

The chief secretary stated that Chennai witnessed over 1,400 fallen trees in recent days, with 243 trees yet to be cleared. Additionally, efforts are underway by the state government to pump out waterlogged areas in low-lying regions.

Train services from Chennai Central, Egmore restored

According to PTI, train services from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore, the city’s two primary terminals, have been reinstated since Thursday. The Southern Railway mentioned that, with a few adjustments in service patterns, the majority of mail/express services from Chennai Central will be operating in all directions starting Friday.

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