The Indian Navy comes to the aid of persons who are stuck in Chennai during a flood-like scenario

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Typhoon Michaung pounded Chennai, India, on Wednesday with heavy rain and strong winds, damaging roads and toppling trees, trapping many inside their homes. Rescuers rescued those in peril by use of boats. 

One hundred and thirty-three persons, largely in the industrial region of Tamil Nadu, lost their lives as a result of the storm’s torrential downpour and subsequent flooding when it made landfall in the Andhra Pradesh state on Tuesday afternoon.

Nearly 6 million people call the city of Chennai home, making it a major hub for the automotive and IT industries. To get people out of their homes, rescuers used ropes and inflatable rafts.

Local media sources captured images of rescuers squirming in waist-deep water among debris from damaged vehicles. The air force also sent food supplies to those whose homes were submerged in water.

The production of Apple (AAPL.O) iPhones at the Foxconn (2317.TW) and Pegatron (4938.TW) facilities close to Chennai was halted on Monday because of the rain, according to sources cited by Reuters. On Tuesday, operations at Foxconn were resumed.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) assisted in the evacuation of a flooded residential area in Chennai, India, after Cyclone Michaung delivered heavy rains to the city on December 6, 2023.

The state of Andhra Pradesh was the worst hit by the cyclone, which ripped roads apart and uprooted trees as it crashed into the coast. But here was where the harm was mostly contained.

 Shah told X that the prime minister had authorized the home affairs department to pre-release the second installment of the federal government’s SDRF contribution. He permitted the disbursement of 450 crore rupees from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and gave the green light to a flood mitigation project in Chennai worth 561 crore rupees. He also sent 493 crore rupees, the second installment, to the disaster relief fund in Andhra Pradesh.

The terrible floods that struck Chennai eight years ago, killing over 290 people, have made a triumphant comeback to the city this week.

Some residents were worried that the city’s facilities wouldn’t be sturdy enough to endure the hurricane. State Chief Minister M K Stalin sued the federal government for 607.01 million rupees (50.6 billion rupees) in damages in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will each receive ₹493.60 and ₹450 crore, respectively, from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This is to aid the state governments in managing relief efforts caused by the cyclonic storm.

The first urban flood mitigation project, with a budget of ₹561.29 crore, will be launched for the Chennai Basin project on Thursday, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This project is part of the ‘Integrated Urban Flood Management’ plan.

One of Shah’s pieces on ‘X’ was crystal clear: “This mitigation project will help make Chennai flood-resilient.” He assured that this would be the “first in a series of urban flood mitigation efforts and will help develop a broader framework for urban flood management.” His words about what’s to come were filled with optimism.

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