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Heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Michaung continues to lash Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; Train services suspended

Anticipating significant impact of Cyclone 'Michaung', several districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and Kanchipuram, have declared holidays. Heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Michaung in Tamil Nadu continues to create havoc in many parts of the state. Several areas in Chennai receive heavy rain on Monday morning as the storm heads towards the eastern coast.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chennai: Anticipating significant impact of Cyclone ‘Michaung’, several districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and Kanchipuram, have declared holidays. Heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Michaung in Tamil Nadu continues to create havoc in many parts of the state. Several areas in Chennai receive heavy rain on Monday morning as the storm heads towards the eastern coast. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on Monday in several places for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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The warning was issued for Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Ranippettai, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichy, Vellore, Thirupattur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Downpour has started in several places across Chennai and to intensify further till December 5 due to the impact of Cyclone Michuang, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, said. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in other places of Tamil Nadu, including Chengalpet, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 21 teams in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and eight additional teams have been tasked in view of Michaung. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams on Monday rescued around 15 people from the Tambaram area near Peerkankaranai and Perungalathur after waterlogging was witnessed in the areas due to heavy rainfall, sources reported.

Train services suspended
On account of incessant rains and waterlogging, suburban train services in all the Chennai sections have been temporarily suspended till 8 pm today. Only passenger specials will operate in these sections, the news agency reported quoting the Southern Railways.

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The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal escalated into the cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ on Sunday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It is expected to make landfall along the South Andhra Pradesh coast, specifically between Nellore and Machilipatnam, during the forenoon of December 5. The cyclonic storm is expected to bring maximum sustained wind speeds of 80-90 kmph, with gusts reaching up to 100 kmph, as outlined in the IMD bulletin.

Private office employees advised for WFH
The Tamil Nadu government directed private companies and offices in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chengalpet to instruct their employees to work from home on Monday or operate only with essential employees in unavoidable cases in view of Cyclone Michaung.

In an order issued under precautionary measures, Puducherry government prohibited the movement of all people in the coastal areas close to the sea shore.

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