Nature's Fury: Cyclone Michaung Hits Andhra Pradesh, India, Making Landfall with Intensity
Cyclone Michaung made landfall on the coast of Andhra Pradesh, India, on December 5, 2023, causing widespread damage and disruption.
Cyclone Michaung, which had intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, made landfall near Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh, India, on December 5, 2023, at noon. The cyclone brought heavy rains and strong winds to the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, causing widespread damage and disrupting transportation.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had warned of heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storm surges along the coast. Over 9,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The cyclone also disrupted air and rail traffic.
The cyclone has caused widespread damage to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and power lines. Many houses have been flooded, and crops have been damaged. At least five people have been killed in the cyclone, and several others have been injured.
The IMD has issued a red alert for coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and a yellow alert for coastal areas of Odisha. The agency has warned of heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storm surges.
IMD warning for Cyclone Michaung
The cyclone is expected to weaken into a deep depression by December 6, 2023. However, the IMD has warned that heavy rainfall is likely to continue in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu until December 6, 2023.
The cyclone is the first to cross the Indian coast in two years after Cyclone Gulab in September 2021. Cyclone Gulab caused widespread damage and killed 12 people.
The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea until further notice.