Chennai Cyclone Mandous: On Friday night, cyclone Mandous made its landfall near Mahabalipuram town of Tamil Nadu (TN). The wind speed was almost 14km/hr. Chennai, the state capital, and nearby areas witnessed strong winds up to 60km/h. Earlier in the evening, heavy rains with strong winds were experienced in Puducherry.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin assured that the state government “will ensure protection of the people”.
“All precautionary measures have been taken by govt & the officers are regularly monitoring the situation. Govt will ensure protection of the people. District-wise monitoring of the cyclone is being done. I request people to follow govt orders & cooperate with us,” said the CM, reported ANI.
Several trees were uprooted in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal, news agency ANI said. In neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, areas in and around Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam experienced heavy rains due to the cyclonic weather system.
The storm weakened to cyclonic storm, an Indian Express report said. Schools and colleges in 27 districts of Tamil Nadu have been shut down. These districts are Kanchipuram, Chennai, Ranipet, Chengalpattu, Vellore among others. The National Disaster Relief Force has also deployed teams in the region. red alert has also been issued in 13 districts of Tamil Nadu.
The Greater Chennai Police has issued an advisory in wake of the heavy rains. People have been advised to stay indoors and asked to avoid unnecessary travel. The air travel has also been impacted due to the influence of Cyclone Mandous. Till midnight today, as many as five flights have been cancelled from Chennai. While overall train services are running smoothly, the city bus services are facing disruption due to water-logging in some areas. A ramp made of wood from Brazil and other sources set up at Chennai’s Marina Beach has been disabled.
Mandous, which is pronounced as ‘man-dous’, is a word in Arabic language. It means treasure box and was suggested by the United Arab Emirates.