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Cyclone makes landfall in Mamallapuram, 16 flights cancelled

Chennai has been flooded, Suburban trains are being cancelled, the coastal highway has been closed to traffic. On Saturday morning, the IMD forecast the storm and torrential rain in Chennai and interior districts will continue till evening and warned the people in the affected areas not to venture out. Srikakulam in Andhra has also been lashed by heavy rain and the slow-moving cyclone. The NDRF has been deployed there along the coast for rescue operations if need be.

CHENNAI, Dec 10: Mandous the cyclone made landfall in Mamallapuram on the eastern coast south of Chennai late Friday night. Due to the storm, 16 flights, including three international flights were cancelled. Storm water has flooded many areas of Chennai and suburbs which received up to 115 mm of rain. Suburban trains are being cancelled. The coastal highway has been closed to traffic.

The gusts reaching 85 kmph began crossing the east coast at Mamallapuram at 9:30 pm on Friday and the landfall that took over an hour was over by 1:30 am. The coastal and interior areas from Puducherry south of Chennai up to Srikakulam in Andhra was pummelled by the slow moving cyclone.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the storm and the heavy rain in Chennai and interior areas will continue, most likely till evening. It asks people not to venture out till then. At day break, the cyclone weakened into a deep depression and was moving west-northwestwards. The north-west districts will experience gusts of 55-65 kmph. Thunderstorm and lightning is likely to occur at a few places over Tiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts.

The devastation wreaked by the cyclone and torrential rain that began late evening on Friday in Tamil Nadu is being assessed. Initial reports spoke of buildings damaged, trees uprooted, vehicles damaged, roads waterlogged, wall collapses and other losses. Several structures on Marina beach were destroyed. The city was blacked out. Ten substation were affected.

The Tamil Nadu Government has opened 5,000 relief centres. In Chengalpattu district, over 1,000 families have been moved to 28 such centres.

The sweep of the cyclone extended southwards up to Puducherry. The NDRF has been deployed by Andhra Pradesh along its coast, which has also been affected by the cyclone and accompanying rain. Srikakulam took the brunt.


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