Chennai experienced a night of relentless heavy rain as Cyclone Michaung approached the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a forecast predicting exceptionally heavy rain in the city and its surrounding regions for the next 24 hours.
In response to the severe weather conditions, troops from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were deployed in Chennai. NDRF teams were involved in the rescue of approximately 15 individuals from the Tambaram neighborhood near Peerkankaranai and Perungalathur, where severe waterlogging had trapped residents.
Safety concerns prompted the halt of Bridge No. 14 between Basin Bridge and Vyasarpadi due to water levels surpassing the danger threshold. Additionally, six trains originating from Chennai were canceled on Monday, including the Mysuru Shatabdi Express, Coimbatore Kovai Express, Coimbatore Shatabdi Express, KSR Bengaluru AC Double Decker Express, KSR Bengaluru Brindavan Express, and Tirupati Sapthagiri Express.
Widespread power outages were reported in various parts of the city, and numerous low-lying areas experienced flooding. According to IMD data, most areas within the Greater Chennai Corporation’s boundaries received over 100 mm of rainfall, with notable figures including Valasaravakkam (154.2 mm), Nungambakkam (101.7 mm), Sholinganallur (125.7 mm), Kodambakkam (123.3 mm), Meenambakkam (108 mm), and others. The heavy rain also impacted surrounding districts such as Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Tiruvallur.
Due to the adverse weather conditions and flooding, Southern Railway temporarily suspended suburban train services in all Chennai Suburban sections until 8 a.m. on Monday. The Southern Railway announced that only special passenger trains would operate in these sections during the specified period. The situation underscores the importance of preparedness and swift response in dealing with the impacts of cyclonic weather events and the necessity for coordinated efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of residents in vulnerable areas.