Cyclone Michaung: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to take stock of preparations to deal with Cyclone Michong and assured him of all possible help.
Cyclone Michaung: The deep pressure area over the Bay of Bengal turned into cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ on Sunday. It is likely to hit the south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam by December 5. During this time, wind is expected to blow at a speed of 80-90 kilometers per hour. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), due to the impact of this cyclone, there is a possibility of heavy rain in most parts of southern Odisha and the coastal areas of the state.
IMD has issued a cyclone alert for Andhra Pradesh and adjoining northern Tamil Nadu coasts for the next 12 hours. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday to take stock of the preparations to deal with Cyclone Michong and assured him of all possible help. The PM also urged BJP workers in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to join the relief and rescue efforts and support the local administration.
An official of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said that under the impact of the cyclone, rains may resume in Odisha and its intensity will increase in the next two days. In view of the possibility of heavy rainfall in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam on December 4 and 5 in Odisha, IMD has issued a yellow alert.
The state government has put all coastal and southern district magistrates on alert and canceled leaves of employees working under the agriculture department. East Coast Railway (ECOR) has canceled the operation of 54 trains in view of the possibility of heavy rain and storm. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea until further notice.
Sea level rises by 5 feet
The sea level has risen by about 5 feet at Mahabalipuram beach in Tamil Nadu due to the cyclone. Fishermen and tourists have been banned from visiting the beach. The Chennai Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain over Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram and then over the east coast on December 4 and 5. At present, it is raining heavily in Mamallapuram and surrounding areas and the daily life of the people of the area has been greatly affected.
NCMC reviewed preparations
On the other hand, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 21 teams in view of the cyclone in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. Apart from this, eight additional teams have been kept in reserve. On Sunday, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The preparedness to deal with cyclone Michong was reviewed in the meeting.