Cyclone Mandous makes landfall: Chennai and parts of TN lost sleep as they braced up the storm!

Chennai and several parts of Tamil Nadu went awake during Friday midnight as they braced up for cyclonic storm Mandous, which made the landfall during the wee hours of Saturday. The vulnerable areas in the cyclone's trajectory witnessed gusted wind and heavy rainfall. The government officials were on the scene of disruptions and are being carrying out the relief works. 

Cyclone Mandous had approached the shore and crossed the east coast of Mamallapuram at around 9.30 pm on Friday and the landfall with gusty winds were happening till 4 am on Saturday and as it crossed over the land, the cyclonic storm brought up to 10 cm of rainfall and winds at the speed of 65-75 kmph. The wind speed had also touched 85 kmph. The frontliners were on high alert to respond to the havoc and damages reported by the people.

Most parts of Chennai were awake due to the rainfall, loss of electricity, and waterlogged surroundings. The officials and disaster response personnel of Chennai Corporation had a busy night by attending the emergency calls from across the city. In a huge relief, Chennai didn't report any major destruction due to the  cyclone with the government assuring that all the minor disruptions will be cleared within hours. 

India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that it would take nearly five hours for the landfall process to complete and for the system to completely move over land. When the storm began to cross the coast, IMD's regional office in Chennai confirmed its trajectory and adequate teams from National and State Disaster Response Force were deployed to the vulnerable districts. 

According to reports, there were no major rainwater inundations in the city but the gusty winds had uprooted dozens of trees and destructed several walls. Around 25,000 personnel of Chennai Corporation are deployed with the task to fix such damages. The visuals from the city have shown that such damages are being addressed and similarly, such relief works were expedited in northern districts of Tamil Nadu. 

It has been reported that around 60 trees were uprooted in Chennai and the Tambaram corporation has said that 26 trees were uprooted in its limits and assured that all these debris will be removed within Saturday evening. The Chengalpattu district has reported that 68 trees were uprooted in its limits while a handful of electric poles were damaged.