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Cyclone Michaung: Severe waterlogging halts transportation services in Chennai; Defence Minister to conduct aerial survey

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Cyclone Michaung: Severe waterlogging halts transportation services in Chennai; Defence Minister to conduct aerial survey
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Cyclone Michaung effect: Several areas in Chennai are still reeling from severe waterlogging caused by heavy rainfall in the region following Cyclone Michaung's landfall two days ago.

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After heavy rain, various parts of the city, including a petrol pump in the Pallikaranai area and the Jerusalem College of Engineering, remained inundated. Due to the region's heavy rainfall, the waterfalls at Kodaikanal Hills in Dindigul district have also swelled and overflowed.

After the normal pattern of services resumed, the Electric multiple unit (EMU) train service departed from Chennai Central (MMC) station for Tiruttani on Thursday morning as the weather improved.

Cyclone Michaung halted transport services in the southern state.

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Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will reach Tamil Nadu on Thursday to take stock of the prevailing flood situation in the wake of Cyclone 'Michaung'.

"Leaving New Delhi for Chennai to assess the flood situation caused by to 'Michaung' Cyclone in Tamil Nadu. Shall conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas and also review the situation with the State Government," the Defence Minister said.

During his aerial survey of flood-affected areas, Singh will be accompanied by Thangam Thennarasu, the state Finance Minister and chief secretary. L Murugan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, will also accompany the Defence Minister on his aerial survey.

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Following his aerial visit, the Defence Minister will meet with Chief Minister MK Stalin to review the relief efforts of various state agencies.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpattu on Thursday due to severe flooding caused by Cyclone Michaung in several parts of these districts.

On Thursday, schools and colleges in six taluks will be closed: Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalur, Thiruporur, Chengalpattu, and Thirukazhukundram.

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