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Friday, 01 March 2024 9.24 AM IST

Chennai drenched in rain; Two people dead, airport closed, people strictly advised not to go out

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CHENNAI: Central Meteorological Department has issued a high alert as Cyclone Mischaung approaches the Tamil Nadu coast. Heavy rains and strong winds have inundated many areas in Chennai leading to tragic incidents like the collapse of a wall on Chennai ECR Road resulting in two fatalities. Furthermore, Chennai airport has been shut down forcing the cancellation of 20 flights with 23 more arrivals delayed. Some flights were rerouted to Bengaluru due to the adverse weather conditions.

The relentless downpour has disrupted power supply in several locations. Authorities caution that the heavy rainfall will persist until this evening, impacting not only Chennai but also causing torrential rains in North Tamil Nadu. Consequently, public holidays have been declared in six districts, including Chennai extending to both public and private institutions. Workers have been advised to opt for remote work arrangements as a precautionary measure.

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In response to the impending crisis, Chief Minister MK Stalin has activated the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force. Most areas, especially Chennai, are under a red alert, urging residents to refrain from unnecessary outdoor activities. Additionally, fishing along the Tamil Nadu coast has been completely prohibited.

The cyclone, originating in the Bay of Bengal is currently advancing towards North Tamil Nadu and is predicted to make landfall between Nellore and Machlipatnam in Andhra Pradesh by tomorrow morning. Key districts such as Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Thiruvallur are likely to encounter strong winds ranging from 60-70 km per hour. Villupuram and Cuddalore areas are also expected to experience severe winds.

Amidst the chaos, a building collapse near Guru Nanak College trapped ten people. Moreover, due to heavy rain, 118 train services including those to Kerala have been cancelled.

This situation calls for utmost caution and preparedness as Cyclone Mischaung continues its trajectory towards the Indian coastline.

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