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Cyclone Michaung to landfall in Andhra Pradesh:- At 11:30 a.m. on December 5, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that the severe cyclonic storm Michaung, located over the west central Bay of Bengal and along the south coastal region of Andhra Pradesh, had moved northwards at a speed of 10 km/hr over the past six hours. According to the IMD bulletin issued at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Michaung is expected to continue moving in a northward direction and make landfall near Bapatla on the south Andhra Pradesh coast within the next two hours. It is anticipated to hit as a severe cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90 to 100 km/hr. The landfall process is currently underway and is projected to persist for the next three hours.
The impact of Cyclone Michaung has had repercussions for air travelers in Hyderabad. As of Tuesday morning, a total of 16 flights, both departing from and arriving at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, have been cancelled. To assess the situation brought about by Cyclone Michaung, the Union Home Minister has reached out to Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. Heavy rains and strong winds caused by the cyclone have affected multiple regions. As a result, Tamil Nadu has declared a public holiday in four districts, while eight districts in Andhra Pradesh are on high alert.