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India declares red alert as Cyclone Michaung approaches southern coast

New Delhi, Dec 4 (EFE).- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has placed several districts in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on red alert amid the forecast of heavy rains on Monday ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Michaung.

The storm was located on Monday about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east-northeast of the city of Chennai, with sustained winds of between 85 and 105 kilometers per hour, the IMD said in a statement.

The authorities were expecting the cyclone to continue gaining strength until reaching gusts of 110 kilometers per hour before moving into the category of “severe cyclonic storm.”

The IMD expects the cyclone to hit the Andhra Pradesh coast in the early hours of Tuesday, between the cities of Nellore and Machilipatnam, and has declared a red alert in several districts of the region and Tamil Nadu state due to strong winds and rain.

Meanwhile, the authorities have begun the evacuation of thousands of people against the imminent arrival of the cyclone, which has already caused heavy rains in several districts, prompting the closure of schools and the suspension of dozens of flights and trains.

“So far nearly 2.500 people have already been moved to safe places. Some 3.000 people more we are expecting to move in the next hours,” Joint Collector of Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh, Aparajita Singh, told EFE.

The authorities have asked local fishermen to stay in port.

The passage of cyclones is common on the Indian coast.

In June, Cyclone Biparjoy left at least two dead in northwest India, while Cyclone Tauktae, one of the most virulent to hit the western coast of the Asian country in recent years, left at least 145 dead in 2021. EFE

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