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Indian Coast Guard ensures nil loss of lives at sea during Cyclone Michuang


 India’s prime maritime agency Coast Guard has acted

swiftly and ensured nil loss of of sea during the Cyclone Michuang, which

touched the North Tamil Nadu Coast causing unprecedented rains, before

making a landfall in Andhra Pradesh, while also ensuring return of 3,000

boats from the sea to the shore in both the States.

In all eight ICG Ships and two Aircraft were deployed during the cyclone which

braved the rough seas and valiantly patrolled the coastal waters of Tamil Nadu

and Andhra Pradesh to ensure safe return of approximately 3,000 boats to


The ICG also ensured the safety of all personnel manning the oil rigs in KG basin,

besides advising hundreds of merchant vessels in area.

With the persistent efforts, ICG ensured nil loss of life and property at sea during

Cyclone Michaung.

Defence sources said Cyclone Michaung formed up in southeast Bay of Bengal,

passed parallel to the north Tamil Nadu coast at a distance of 20-30 km and made

landfall between Nellore and Machlipatnam on Tuesday battering the coastline

with devastating damages.

The Coast Guard being the prime maritime agency for Safety Security and

Environment Protection in Indian Waters undertook proactive actions to ensure

timely pre-emptive measures in response to the disaster, which included

issuing advisory to all stakeholders well in advance November 27, 2023),

when the system started forming in Southeast Bay of Bengal.

It also issued regular updates on developing weather and predicted track

was disseminated to stakeholders apart from sending advisory to Fisheries

Department asking fishermen not to ventured into sea.

The Coast Guard Ships at sea also advised all fishing boats to return to the

nearest harbour and its Radar stations along the coast continuously broadcasted

advisories to all mariners through VHF radio.

“Oil Handling agencies were advised to shift rigs/platforms to safe locations and

undertake necessary evacuation. All Ports were advised to shift vessels to safer

berths and sail vessels at anchorage away from the path of cyclone and ICG

Disaster Response teams were formed and deputed to aid civil authority”, the

sources said. .

The ICG maintained necessary coordination with the State Disaster Management

Agency (SDMA) and Greater Chennai Corporation for any HADR assistance.

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