Cyclone Mandous: Four people have died in Chennai and its neighboring district during the landfall!

Though Chennai and the northern belt of Tamil Nadu had a relief of not enduring massive disruptions and destructions during the landfall of cyclonic storm Mandous, the state witnessed a loss of lives due to the storm. It has been reported that two people from Chennai and two people from its neighboring Kancheepuram have died due to rain-related incidents. 

According to reports, the deceased in Chennai were identified as 45-year-old Lakshmi from Saidapet and 25-year-old Rajendran from Ramnagar. They died due to electrocution after stepping on a live wire during the landfall. 

The cyclonic storm made landfall during midnight hours of Friday near Mamallapuram and the weather system took nearly five hours to complete the landfall after which it got weakened into a deep depression. While there has been no major destructions, the city and the northern belt reported hundreds of uprooting of trees, loss of electricity, and minor disruptions due to water loggings.

In Chennai, the corporation has deployed 25,000 workers across the city to address the disruptions and to attend to various emergencies reported by the residents. A major part of disruption occurred due to uprooting of trees in the downtown city and the outskirts. The cyclone made a landfall with the gusting wind speed of 65-75 kmph and it touched 85 kmph.  

The power supply, that were suspended in several parts of city due to strong winds, has been resumed by Saturday morning while the government has also been providing welfare materials to the affected people in the camps. As the landfall has crossed Chennai, the city is gradually getting back to normalcy amidst the downpour. 

Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran has said that there was no major damage reported. He further said that over 9,000 people have been sheltered in 205 relief camps. The weather observatories in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam in Chennai have recorded over 10 cm of rainfall each in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Saturday.