IndiGo Flights Cancelled: As many as 550 IndiGo flights were cancelled and nearly 1000 were impacted across the country since yesterday after Chennai airport shut down operations owing to heavy rains triggered due to cyclone Michaung. For the unversed, Chennai airport had closed runways for both departures and arrivals yesterday due to adverse weather conditions. But now, Air Traffic Management (ATM) is prioritising departures to clear the backlog as Chennai Airport resumed its operations from 9 AM today.
There are currently 21 aircraft on the ground and around 1500 passengers in the terminals. The F&B Concessionaire has ensured that adequate food is available at all outlets. Besides flights, suburban train services were also impacted as waterlogging was reported in many areas.
Cyclone Michaung: Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet
- 8 people have lost their lives while multiple roads and subways are closed due to waterlogging.
- Traffic has been closed on Manjambakkam to Vadaperumbakkam Road due to the release of water from the Puzhal Lake
- Many families including pregnant women, children, and senior citizens were rescued from different areas who were stuck due to wreak havoc of Cyclone Michaung.
- Around 17 subways including the Ganesapuram Subway, Gengureddy Subway, Sembium (Perambur), Villivakkam and Duraisamy Subway are closed due to water logging.
- Fallen trees have been removed at 58 places in the GCP limit.
- Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Tuesday morning inspected the Cyclone-affected areas and rain relief camp set up in Kannapar Thital, Chennai.
- There are 162 relief centres in which 43 are operated accommodating 2477 Chennai residents. There are 20 kitchens operational providing food to these relief centres.
- The state government has asked the authorities about the availability of ready-made items including rice-dals-vegetables and their quality to arrange food for those staying in the relief camps.
- 5000 workers from other districts are moved to Chennai for the mitigation works.
- The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said “Severe Cyclonic Storm “MICHAUNG” over Westcentral Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts moved northwards with a speed of 07 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, the 5th December 2023 over Westcentral Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh coast near Latitude14.9°N and Longitude 80.2°E, about 20 km east of Kavali, 50 km north-northeast of Nellore, 200 km north of Chennai, 110 km south-southwest of Bapatla and 170km south-southwest of Machilipatnam.”