Chennai experiences ongoing rain as the Chief Minister conducts a meeting to assess cyclone preparedness.

On Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin convened a review meeting at the state secretariat to assess cyclone preparedness as heavy rain persisted in Chennai and surrounding districts. This occurred amid the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) prediction of a potential cyclonic storm named ‘Miachaung’ over the Bay of Bengal.

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During the meeting, Chief Minister Stalin directed concerned state departments and district collectors to stay vigilant and implement precautionary measures. Residents in vulnerable areas were instructed to relocate to relief centers, with a focus on preventing accidents due to electrocution. The Chief Minister emphasized the urgent removal of trees susceptible to falling in heavy winds, readiness of equipment, and smooth traffic management by the police.

Special attention was urged for waterlogged areas in Chennai and other Tamil Nadu districts, with immediate deployment of pumps to drain excess water. The incessant rainfall on Thursday exacerbated waterlogging and traffic jams in low-lying regions of Chennai. Despite this, the IMD forecasted continued heavy rainfall, particularly in coastal areas, from December 1 to 4.

The Met Department predicted rain, thunderstorms, and lightning in Chennai and five other Tamil Nadu districts on Friday, including Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, and Kanchipuram.

Chief Minister Stalin visited the Ripon Buildings on Thursday to assess the Command Control Centre in Chennai, monitoring the state’s rainfall situation. He also attended calls on the 1913 helpline, launched by Chennai Corporation, stressing improved coordination among departments to promptly address grievances.

The IMD issued an orange alert for coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal from December 2 to 4, and for coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam on December 3 and 4. A similar alert was issued for Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh on December 4. Heavy rain was also predicted in Kerala, Mahe, Puducherry, and Karaikal on the same day.

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