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Chennai airport operations grounded due to Cyclone Michaung, runway flooded

Operations at Chennai International Airport (MAA) have been grounded after Cyclone Michaung lashed India’s west-central and coastal south region.

Heaviest hit is Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal, 90 kilometers from where the tropical cyclone intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. 

Chennai airport closed its airfield at 09:17 local time as the runway was flooded, with rainwater almost engulfing entire aircraft tyres.

Runway at Chennai airport flooded amid heavy rainfall across the city.

Schools, offices shut, flights cancelled in Tamil Nadu as cyclonic storm intensifies#CycloneMichaung #ChennaiFloods #ChennaiRain #ChennaiRains #India #Cyclone #Michaungcyclone pic.twitter.com/y2FMxTg89X

— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) December 4, 2023

The current situation at #Chennai Airport, #India . All flights have been canceled until 23:00 local time.

© @LimayeVaibhavi#rain #ChennaiRains #aviation #AvGeek #avgeeks #flights #Travel #traveler #airport #Rainfall #flooding #floods pic.twitter.com/45r5rj0AnZ

— FlightMode (@FlightModeblog) December 4, 2023

The airport initially announced that it will be closed until 23:00 local time. However, as weather conditions continued to intensify, the airport provided an update that it will resume operations by 09:00 local time the following day (December 5, 2023). 

#UPDATE | Airfield closed for arrival and departure operations till 0900 hrs IST tomorrow due to adverse weather conditions. #ChennaiRains #CycloneMichuang #ChennaiAirport@AAI_Official | @MoCA_GoI | @pibchennai

— Chennai (MAA) Airport (@aaichnairport) December 4, 2023

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Outside the airport, schools, offices and establishments are also shut until December 5, 2023 as 102 vehicles have reportedly been washed away. Five casualties have been recorded so far.

Cyclone Michaung havoc! Chennai airport shut. Roads flooded. Sincere prayers for Chennai and all the flood affected areas. Easier said than done but Stay Safe…#CycloneMichuang | #Michaung | #MichaungStorm | #Chennai | #ChennaiRain | #ChennaiFloods | #India | #IndiaNews pic.twitter.com/j5INAQDQZ4

— Mayur Vaidya (@iMayurVaidya) December 4, 2023

The last time Chennai airport was shut due to floods was in 2015, when it closed for four days.

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