Cyclone Michaung approaches southern India, flooding Chennai airport | Weather Update


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Severe cyclone Michaung is causing chaos in southern India, with at least four people dead and factories closing due to heavy rain. The runway of one of India’s busiest airports is submerged, and the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are bracing for the impact of the storm.

The cyclone was expected to hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh around noon on Tuesday, according to the country’s weather office. In Tamil Nadu, four people died in rain-related incidents, including two who were killed when a building wall collapsed.

In Chennai, the state’s largest city and a major electronics and manufacturing hub, floodwater swept through the streets, causing cars to be washed away. The city’s airport, one of the busiest in India, shut down operations until Tuesday morning. Pictures showed grounded planes with their wheels submerged as the rain poured down.

Due to heavy rains, Taiwan’s Foxconn and Pegatron halted Apple iPhone production at their facilities near Chennai. Several areas of the city were submerged in knee-deep water, and there have been power outages since Monday morning, evoking memories of catastrophic floods in December 2015 that claimed the lives of around 290 people.

Authorities in both states were on high alert, evacuating thousands of people living in coastal areas and issuing warnings to fishermen not to venture out to sea. Schools, colleges, offices, and banks were closed in at least four districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, due to weather conditions.

The India weather office said that parts of Andhra Pradesh were likely to receive more than 200mm (8 inches) of rain over the next 24 hours. Authorities in the state evacuated nearly 7,000 people in eight coastal districts and were preparing to evacuate a total of 28,000, depending on the cyclone’s path and severity.

In Bapatla, a coastal town in Andhra Pradesh where the cyclone is expected to make landfall, at least 800 people have been evacuated so far, according to P Ranjit Basha, district collector of Bapatla. The situation is dire, and both states are working to ensure the safety of their residents as they face the impact of the severe cyclone.

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