Amid the destruction caused by Cyclone Michaung in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin on December 6 wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an immediate interim relief fund of Rs 5060 crores.
CM Stalin also requested the PM to send a central team to review the damages caused by the Cyclone in the State.
The letter will be given to PM Modi in person by DMK MP TR Baalu in Delhi. Tamil Nadu CM also inspected the cyclone affected areas on December 5 morning. In the late hours of December 4, CM Stalin posted on X and said that the entire government machinery has been working hard to remove the effects of Cyclone Michaung.
“The entire Government machinery, such as ministers, officials, police, sanitation workers, and corporation workers are working hard to quickly remove the effects of the Cyclone Michaung calamity that surrounds us. I request that many more comrades should immediately join hands with the relief work along with the members of the club who are helping in the field. Members of the affected areas come quickly!” CM Stalin said on X.
அமைச்சர்கள், அதிகாரிகள், காவல்துறையினர், தூய்மைப் பணியாளர்கள், மாநகராட்சிப் பணியாளர்கள் என ஒட்டுமொத்த அரசு இயந்திரமும் நம்மைச் சூழ்ந்திருக்கும் #CycloneMichaung பேரிடரின் பாதிப்புகளை விரைந்து களையப் பாடுபட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள்.
களத்தில் இறங்கி உதவிகள் செய்துகொண்டிருக்கும்… pic.twitter.com/FdZdPmThsA
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) December 5, 2023
Meanwhile, Cyclone Michaung has weakened into a deep depression over central coastal Andhra Pradesh, the India Meteorological Department informed on December 6.
“Cyclonic Storm “MICHAUNG” weakened into a Deep Depression over Central Coastal AP. About 100 km north-northwest of Bapatla and 50 km southeast of Khammam. To weaken further into a Depression in next 06 hours and further into a WML during subsequent 06 hours,” the IMD said.
The flooding in Chennai following heavy rains triggered by Cyclone Michaung has claimed 17 lives so far, officials said on December 4.
The Greater Chennai police, through a release issued on December 5, stated that 17 people have been reported dead in various incidents due to floods in the city. According to the police, as many as 10 incidents of drowning and electrocution have been reported for which medical assistance was rendered.
Flood warning announcements through the public address system were also being made by GCP in coordination with Greater Chennai Corporation for those living in the low-lying areas along the Adyar River bank, an official release stated.
The state officials were also trying their best to respond to distress messages on social media and extend timely and necessary assistance, sources said. In an attempt to flush rainwater out of the city, another corporation of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore, dispatched twelve 41-HP motors to Chennai for flood relief operations.
(with inputs from ANI)