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Cyclone Michaung Ravages Chennai: Two Dead, Widespread Disruption

Cyclone Michaung wreaked havoc in Chennai and its adjacent districts, causing two reported deaths and triggering memories of the devastating 2015 floods. The torrential rain, along with the impact of the cyclone, led to the shutdown of the Chennai airport’s airfield, resulting in the cancellation of about 300 flights and stranding over 1,500 passengers. The Southern Railway also canceled several long-distance trains, affecting hundreds of passengers.

Power supply suspension, precautionary measures, and the release of surplus water from reservoirs added to the city’s challenges. More than 9,600 people were relocated to relief camps, and rescue operations involved the Army, NDRF, and state agencies. Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured assistance from the Centre, and Chief Minister M.K. Stalin sought additional NDRF personnel for relief efforts. The severe cyclonic storm was expected to move nearly northwards, posing continued threats to the region.