Cyclone Michaung: In a side demise, the state of Tamil Nadu was affected by Cyclone Michaung. The cyclone’s effects have left communities in Tamil Nadu grappling with the aftermath and recovery efforts. J. Radhakrishnan, the commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation, informed BBC Tamil that authorities had diligently pumped out water for 36 hours non-stop amid continuous rain. He mentioned that by Wednesday night, floodwaters had subsided in three-quarters of the city, indicating significant progress in managing the situation.

Cyclone Michaung 

Cyclonic Storm Michaung, pronounced as [mɪʔtɕʰaʊɰ̃] in Burmese, is a medium-sized storm that formed in the Bay of Bengal during the 2023 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. It started as a weak weather system in the Gulf of Thailand, then moved into the Bay of Bengal and intensified into a significant storm on December 2nd. Given the name Michaung, it was the ninth weather system to develop and the sixth named cyclonic storm of that season. The cyclone moved northwestward over the following days toward the eastern coast of India. It reached its peak intensity with sustained winds of 60 knots (110 km/h; 70 mph), bringing heavy rainfall to northeastern Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and southeastern Andhra Pradesh. Michaung made landfall near Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh on December 5th.

Who is responsible for disaster management in the state of Tamil Nadu?

Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA)

Establishment: The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) was established in 2003 under the Department of Revenue. Its primary objectives were disaster management, planning, and recovery.

Reconstitution: In response to the Disaster Management Act, 2005 enacted by the Government of India in December 2005, the structure of the SDMA was reconstituted. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is the chairperson of the authority, with the mandate to oversee disaster management activities in the state.


The SDMA comprises a chairperson and ten members, including:

  1. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu: Chairperson
  2. Minister for Revenue: Member
  3. Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu
  4. Secretary of Revenue
  5. Secretary of Finance
  6. Secretary of Home
  7. Secretary of School Education
  8. Secretary of Higher Education
  9. State Relief Commissioner and Commissioner of Revenue Administration
  10. Director, Centre for Disaster Management and Mitigation, Anna University
  11. Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  12. TN Disaster Response Force (TNDRF)

How many people died in Tamil Nadu cyclone Michaung?

At least 18 people died in Tamil Nadu cyclone Michaung.

Ashutosh Raj

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