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The Bay of Bengal appears to be bracing for another storm, hot on the heels of cyclonic storm Midhili that recently impacted several northeastern states. According to the latest meteorological conditions, a new cyclonic storm named ‘Cyclone Michaung’ is poised to form, marking the fourth storm this year. Projections indicate that it is likely to hit India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, adding to the region’s weather woes, as reported by Skymetweather.
Cyclone Michaung Latest News:
Holiday Declaration in Puducherry
The government of Puducherry has taken preemptive measures by declaring a holiday for all colleges in the Union Territory on December 4 due to the anticipated impact of Cyclone Michaung. A statement released by the government mentions, “Due to the expected ‘Cyclone Michaung,’ a holiday is declared on 04.12.2023 (Monday) for all colleges in Puducherry, Karaikal, and Yanam regions.” Additionally, schools in these regions will also remain closed on December 4, 2023.
You can read complete Cyclonic Forecast by IMD on the link: IMD Michaung Cyclone
Cyclone Michaung Path & Landfall
The upcoming cyclone, to be named ‘Michaung’ and pronounced as ‘Migjaum’ as suggested by Myanmar, is predicted to make landfall on India’s eastern coast. The Cyclone Warning Centre has forecasted increased winds and rainfall along the North Tamil Nadu coast and South Andhra coast from December 3. According to the Greater Chennai Police, the cyclone is expected to hit the north Tamil Nadu coast, between Nellore and Machilipatnam, with winds reaching speeds of 100 kmph on Monday, December 4.
Disaster Preparedness Gears Up
In response to the looming threat, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), led by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, conducted a review of the preparedness of state governments and central ministries. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 18 teams for Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Puducherry, with an additional 10 teams on standby. The Coast Guard, Army, and Navy, along with ships and aircraft, are ready for rescue and relief operations.
Advisory for Fishermen and Potential Impact
Fishermen are strongly advised against venturing into the sea during this period. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has highlighted potential risks, including damage to vulnerable structures, breaking of tree branches, and uprooting of small to medium-sized trees. Minor damage to power and communication lines, along with potential damage to roads and crops, is expected.
Government’s Response and Readiness
On December 1, the NCMC received updates from the Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha, along with the finance secretary of Puducherry. The focus was on the steps taken to protect the public and property in the expected path of Cyclone Michaung. Cabinet Secretary Gauba stressed the need for preventive actions to prevent loss of lives and reduce property and infrastructure damage.
Ensuring Safety and Swift Restoration
The central agencies and governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Puducherry are geared up for assistance. The top priority is the safety of fishermen at sea and workers on oil rigs and vessels. Cabinet Secretary Gauba reassured the state governments of the readiness and availability of central agencies for assistance. The meeting included key attendees such as the Union Home Secretary, Department of Fisheries Secretary, and Ministry of Power Secretary, along with state representatives.
As Cyclone Michaung looms over the Bay of Bengal, the proactive measures and preparedness undertaken by the government reflect a commitment to mitigating potential damage. The collaborative efforts between central and state agencies underscore the importance of swift action to ensure the safety of citizens and minimize the impact on infrastructure. The coming days will be crucial, and continuous monitoring and communication are essential to navigate through the challenges posed by Cyclone Michaung.
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