Cyclone Mandous to make landfall near Chennai, city on high alert

India: Cyclone Mandous has developed from the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, and it will soon bring torrential rain to Chennai. According to meteorologists of the India Meteorological Department, the rains will get intensified between Thursday and Saturday. By the morning of 10 December, Mandous, which is now located around 600 kilometres east-southeast of Chennai, is predicted to make landfall between Puducherry and Sriharikota, which is located on the coast to Chennai’s north and northeast.

The Met department on 9 December in Chennai issued an orange alert due to heavy rains. The Arakkonan section of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent a team to the city. The Greater Chennai Corporation has also implemented a number of cyclone-related preparations. According to Revenue Minister K K S S R Ramachandran, the state has over 5200 relief camps set up and ready to receive residents in low-lying districts.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday met to assess the situation at Chennai International Airport. The airport team is prepared for any emergency conditions, according to the officials, who also stated that all teams have been maintained on standby and that the contingency plan would be triggered as events develop. Officials from the NDRF further stated that their Arakkonam control room, which operates around-the-clock, is continuously monitoring the situation and that all attempts are being done in close coordination with the state government of Tamil Nadu.

In addition to Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Kallakurichi, and Cuddalore on December 9 and Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Ranipet, Chengalpet, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Dharmapuri, and Krishnagiri on December 10, the orange warning has also been issued for Chennai. On December 9, a red warning has been issued for the Tamil Nadu districts of Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, and Villupuram as well as Puducherry. Additionally, the NDRF teams have been dispersed around the state.