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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Assess Cyclone Michaung Aftermath in Tamil Nadu

Schools Shut, Trains Cancelled: Impact of Cyclone Michaung Lingers in Tamil Nadu

In the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, the situation in Tamil Nadu remains critical. The cyclone has weakened into a deep depression, but the impact continues to unfold. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is set to conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected regions in Tamil Nadu on Thursday to assess the damage caused by the cyclone.

Despite the reduced intensity, heavy rainfall persists in some parts of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. The districts of Tamil Nadu, particularly Chennai, continue to suffer from floods and water-logging. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences for the lives lost and the affected areas.

Assessment by Defence Minister:

Rajnath Singh will meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin during his visit. The chief minister has requested an interim flood relief of ₹5,060 crore from the central government to address the situation. The Defence Minister’s visit aims to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the ongoing crisis.

School Closures and Train Disruptions:

In response to the continuing floods, schools and colleges in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur, and Kanchipuram have been ordered to stay closed. Train services have also been disrupted, with 15 trains cancelled due to severe flooding. Residents in affected areas are seeking assistance, particularly in waterlogged regions, urging for more boats for evacuation.

Updates on the Ground:

The Chennai police reported six rain-related deaths on Wednesday, and numerous rescue operations are ongoing. Subways remain closed due to waterlogging, but airport operations are unaffected. The Southern Railway has partially resumed suburban services with reduced frequency on select routes.

Relief Operations and Collaborative Efforts:

In collaboration with the Tamil Nadu government, the Indian Air Force has conducted relief operations. Helicopters were deployed for air drops in both South and North Chennai to deliver relief materials. Despite challenges, relief operations continued until Wednesday evening.

As the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung unfolds, stay tuned for more updates on the ongoing situation in Tamil Nadu. The central and state governments, along with various agencies, are working tirelessly to address the challenges posed by the cyclone-induced floods.

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