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09 are killed as southern India braces for Cyclone Michaung

Bhubaneshwar, December 05, 2023, The Europe Today: Heavy rains submerged roads in southern India on Tuesday, and at least 09 people, including a child, were killed in the flooding and the havoc hours before a severe cyclone was due to make landfall, according to the “The Gulf Observer“.

Cyclone Michaung is expected to hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh state around 11 a.m. local time, the weather office said, gusting in with winds of up to 110 kph (70 mph), Reuters reported.

In Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai, a major electronics and manufacturing hub, floodwaters swept away cars and submerged a runway, triggering the shutdown of one of India’s busiest airports until Tuesday morning.

The rains and winds also snapped power lines and uprooted trees, officials said, and more than 140 trains and 40 flights were cancelled in Andhra Pradesh.

Taiwan’s Foxconn and Pegatronhalted Apple’s iPhone production at their facilities near Chennai due to heavy rains, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

In December 2015, floods in Tamil Nadu killed at least 290 people and caused widespread damage.