The storm weakens into a deep low after crossing the Tamil Nadu coast

Cyclonic Storm Mandous has weakened into a deep depression. However, the storm uprooted several trees in Chennai and affected vehicle traffic. Heavy rains also hit several parts of the South Coast and Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh. Here are the latest updates on Cyclone Mandous

Cyclonic Storm Mandous, which crossed the coast at Mamallapuram near Chennai, weakened into a deep depression. However, heavy rains hit several parts of the South Coast and Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh early on Saturday after the cyclonic storm made landfall off Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu late Friday night.

In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the weather system has impacted the city and its neighborhoods, uprooting a number of trees. Power remained suspended in many parts of the city and surrounding areas following the arrival of Cyclone Mandous.

Here are the latest developments on Cyclone Mandous

#IMD said a deep depression (remnant of “Mandus”) is currently present in northern Tamil Nadu. Heavy to very heavy rains are expected over northern Tamil Nadu, southern interior Karnataka, southern coast of Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema today and are expected to ease thereafter. Heavy rains are expected over Kerala from 11th to 13th December.

#According to a situation report from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Naidupeta in Tirupati district received the highest rainfall at 281.5mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Saturday. A senior National Disaster Management Authority official told PTI that the intensity of the rains decreased in the morning.

#Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting with officials affected by the cyclone-related rains. He asked collectors in SPSR Nellore, Tirupati, Chittoor and Annamayya districts to be on alert and open relief camps wherever there is a need. Reddy also ordered officials to ensure people do not venture into areas where heavy rain is expected.

#As a precaution, the state government has moved 190 people to 28 relief camps in Tirupati district.

#SPSR Nellore and Tirupati districts have been put on alert due to the possibility of flash flooding in the minor rivers Kandaleru, Maneru and Swarnamuki, according to a government report.

# No less than 150 SDRF personnel and 95 NDRF personnel have been deployed to four districts to be put on duty in case of contingencies.

#Cyclone alert messages were sent via Common Alert Protocol (CAP) to as many as 89 lakh subscribers spread across the six districts likely to be affected due to heavy rains from December 8-10, according to the official information.

# “Cyclonic Storm Mandous (meaning treasure box) weakened into a deep depression on the northern coast of Tamil Nadu. To move almost west-northwestward and gradually weaken into a depression at noon on December 10,” IMD Chennai said in a tweet in the early hours of Saturday.

#Tamilnadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran citing initial estimates said there was no major damage as expected. More than 9,000 people have been housed in 205 relief centres, he added.

#According to Chennai Police, nearly 100 trees fell in different parts of the metro and 52 were removed in coordination with its staff. Utility poles fell in five places and three were cleared. Vehicular traffic, which was suspended on the Kamarajar Salai off Marina Beach, has resumed, police said. The subways did not suffer from congestion.

First post: STI


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