Uprooted trees, waterlogged roads and cyclone mandous have left a trial of destruction in Chennai and several other parts of Tamil Nadu.
The India Meteorological Department (IDM) said that the cyclonic storm mandous emerged from the Bay of Bengal and landed on the Mamallapuram coast, over 30km from Chennai.
The cyclone made landfall between Puducherry and Sriharikota. The city witnessed heavy rain with a wind speed of 75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph.
Cyclone Mandous wreaks in Chennai
Several areas in Chennai and other parts of Tamilnadu saw waterlogging and squally winds uprooting trees in the nearby Chengalpathi district.
After landfall, the rainfall triggered by the cyclone caused severe waterlogging in the MMDA colony in Chennai’s Arumbakkam and other low-lying areas.
A large tree uprooted in Egmore, causing several damages to a petrol bunk. In the T Nagar area of Chennai, a wall collapsed and caused severe damage to three cars parked nearby. Nobody was there in the vehicles at the time of the incident.
Heavy rains by cyclones caused nearly 400 trees to be uprooted in the city and witnessed 115.1mm of rain within 24 hours. Now, the cyclone mandous is moving in the Northwest direction and areas in the Northwest district will see strong winds of 55-65kmph, which will be decreased to 30-40 kmph by evening.
Earlier today, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) requested people to avoid going out until cyclone mandous weakens. It said that the motor pumps are used to remove stagnation in low-lying areas.
Red Alerts were announced in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. The Tamil Nadu government has put out a list of helpline numbers in case of any flood-related emergencies.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.K. Stalin said all the precautionary measures have been taken. He visited and inspected the state emergency operation center and noted that the cyclone monitoring has also been deployed district-wise.
Stalin assured that whatever the situation, the government would protect the people.
Featured image credits: Outlook India
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