Emergency declared in Chennai: Floods persist after cyclone Michaung

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People being rescued and shifted to a safer place amid floods after heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, in Chennai | Photo: PTI

NEW DELHI, Chennai, Dec 7: Due to the persistent flooding caused by cyclone Michaung, schools and colleges in Chennai have been granted a holiday on Friday. The aftermath of the cyclone has led to widespread power disruptions in various areas and suburbs of Chennai, resulting in the closure of educational institutions on December 7. The heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone has caused flooding in localities like Velachery and Tambaram. On Wednesday, residents in waterlogged areas were observed evacuating their homes with children, wading through stagnant water to reach safer zones. Requests for assistance were made, highlighting the urgent need for additional boats to transport people to higher ground. In response to the flood situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed the Union Home Ministry to release the second installment of Rs 450 crore to Tamil Nadu for cyclone relief efforts. Volunteers in Mudichur took proactive measures on Thursday, navigating through knee-deep water to distribute food packets and water bottles. Simultaneously, several areas in Chennai continued to grapple with inadequate supplies of milk and curd for the third consecutive day, as reported by the news agency PTI.

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