Chennai Cyclone News Live Updates: The NCMC reviewed the preparedness of central ministries, agencies, and state and union territory governments for the possible cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal, it said. (File)
Cyclone Mandous Highlights, December 09, 2022: As many as four people have lost their lives to rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu following the landfall of Cyclonic storm Mandous at Mamallapuram coast on Friday, newsagency PTI reported.
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However, the storm has now weakened into a deep depression while moving north of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Meteorological Department said.
Over 400 trees have been uprooted across Chennai which was hit by the winds blowing at a speed of nearly 70 km/hr.
The IMD, has forecast light to moderate rains in neighbouring Karnataka.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin Saturday visited Kasimedu, one of the affected areas, to take stalk of the situation. “With advanced planning, this government proved any disaster can be managed,” Stalin said as quoted by the PTI.
Earlier, state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister K K S S R Ramachandran said over 9,000 people have been lodged in 205 relief centres.
Between 6 am on Friday and 6 am Saturday, 30 domestic and international flights were cancelled as airport operations were affected due to the cyclone. The airport runway was briefly closed in the early hours today. Besides, nine outbound flights were cancelled while 21 incoming airplanes were diverted to other cities Saturday.
Cyclone Mandous Weather Updates: Severe cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal; heavy rains predicted in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka; storm to weaken, cross coast near Mahabalipuram tonight. Follow latest news and updates below
Cyclone Mandous, a severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, is likely to bring heavy rainfall to parts of Tamil Nadu on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. In light of the weather prediction, schools and colleges in around 27 districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Viluppuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Vellore and Tiruvallur, have been closed.
Cyclone Mandous (pronounced Man-Dous) lies around 240 km east-southeast of Karaikal and about 320 km south-southeast of Chennai, the IMD said. It is likely to continue its intensity as a severe cyclonic storm till mid-day, before gradually weakening into a cyclonic storm. It will continue moving west-northwestwards and cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota, near Mahabalipuram, between midnight and the early hours of Saturday (December 10) with wind speeds of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph. Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Chennai and other districts in Tamil Nadu over the next two days.
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh have been bracing for the storm, with authorities on alert and taking precautionary measures. The National Disaster Relief Force has been deployed as well. In Chennai, 169 relief camps have been set up and the civic body has readied 805 motor pumps to drain stagnant water from low-lying areas. Volunteers from the fisherfolk community have been instructed to be ready with rescue boats.
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