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Heavy Rainfall Alert: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Gear Up for Cyclone Michaung Impact

Disaster Preparedness in Action: Coastal Regions on High Alert

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are bracing for intense rainfall and potential cyclonic conditions as a deep depression strengthens over the Bay of Bengal, anticipated to transform into Cyclone Michaung by December 3. The India Meteorological Department forecasts winds with sustained speeds of 80 to 90 kmph, gusting up to 100 kmph, heightening disaster relief efforts along the coast.

Preparedness Measures

Preparations for disaster relief are in full swing along the coastal regions, with state and national teams strategically positioned. Naval forces are on standby, and fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into the sea. With 144 train cancellations, relief camps are being established in Andhra Pradesh, and evacuation plans are ready for coastal areas if the situation demands.

Cyclone Trajectory and Landfall

The deep depression, currently situated over the southwest Bay of Bengal, is expected to evolve into a cyclonic storm, reaching southern Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu waters by December 4. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai predicts a parallel movement along the coast, culminating in landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is forecasted for Tamil Nadu on December 3, with the possibility of extremely heavy rains in coastal Andhra and Yanam on December 4 and 5. Rayalaseema and Odisha may also experience heavy rains during the cyclone’s landfall.

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Rescue Operations and Safety Precautions

Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are strategically deployed for rescue operations in anticipated cyclone-affected areas. Fishermen advisories, safety precautions for villagers, and cancellation of 144 trains by South Central Railway underscore the seriousness of the situation.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to be on high alert, ensuring the shift of affected populations to safer locations, setting up relief camps, and ensuring adequate stocks of essentials. The state government has released funds for immediate relief measures in various districts.

The Eastern Naval Command is closely monitoring the impending cyclonic storm, with flood relief and diving teams on standby. Naval ships and aircraft are prepared to provide humanitarian assistance, conduct aerial surveys, evacuate casualties, and deliver relief materials as needed along the east coast.

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