Cyclone Michaung Strikes Southern India, Leaving Nine Dead In Earlier Floods

Officials reported that the combination of rainfall and strong winds caused power lines to break and trees to be uprooted, resulting in the cancellation of over 140 trains and 40 flights in Andhra Pradesh.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cyclone Michaung struck the southern coast of India, causing tall waves to crash into coastal towns and resulting in the submersion of roads. According to the weather office, Michaung made landfall in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, near the town of Bapatla, bringing with it winds reaching speeds of up to 110 kph (70 mph).

Certain regions of the state are anticipated to receive over 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall in the next 24 hours, as reported by the meteorological office. Evacuations of at least 8,000 individuals have been carried out. Tragically, in Tirupati district, a 4-year-old boy lost his life due to a collapsing wall, according to C. Nagaraju, executive director of the state’s disaster management authority. Simultaneously, eight fatalities were reported in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.

Emphasis is being placed on protecting crops in the region, with particular attention to procuring paddy and preserving the kharif harvest. Here are the key updates regarding Cyclone Michaung and the rainfall in Chennai on Tuesday.

Ahead of the cyclone’s landfall, industrial activities, transportation services, businesses, and schools ceased operations in response to the authorities’ warnings regarding the anticipated intensity of the storm. The flooding led to a temporary closure of Chennai Airport. Rescue teams were dispatched throughout the affected area, with additional teams ready to mobilize as required, according to the federal Home Minister Amit Shah. The government is prepared to offer all essential assistance to Andhra Pradesh, he assured. The cyclone is projected to lose strength later on Tuesday.

The outer band of Cyclone Michaung made landfall on the east coast near Ongole on Tuesday afternoon. According to Dr. S Karunasagar, a scientist at IMD Amaravati, the cyclone’s landing process commenced, and it was expected to complete the crossing in the next two hours.
Simultaneously, the cyclone caused extensive damage in the Nellore district, affecting nine mandals with uprooted trees, fallen electrical poles, and submerged paddy fields. With the cyclone approaching the sea coast, an orange alert has been issued in Nellore district, prompting officials to be on high alert.

Overnight, Nellore and Kovvur mandals experienced continuous heavy rainfall, registering over 27 cm, leading to a standstill in vehicular movement on the Grand Trunk road. Indukurpet and Manubole mandals suffered severe damage to rural roads and disruptions in prawn farming units. Coastal villages faced wind speeds exceeding 80 km, accompanied by a significant drop in temperature.

Officials reported that the combination of rainfall and strong winds caused power lines to break and trees to be uprooted, resulting in the cancellation of over 140 trains and 40 flights in Andhra Pradesh.

Due to the heavy rains, Taiwan’s Foxconn (2317. TW) and Pegatron (4938. TW) had to cease the production of Apple (AAPL.O) iPhones at their facilities near Chennai, according to sources familiar with the situation on Monday. In December 2015, floods in Tamil Nadu resulted in the loss of a minimum of 290 lives and inflicted extensive damage.