In Pics: From heavy rainfall, uprootings to bridge collapse...The effect of Cyclone Mandous in Chennai!

The impact of the landfall of cyclone Mandous was severe in Chennai but the destructions weren't as major as it were some years ago, thanks to the vigil and response from the city administration. The cyclonic storm made the landfall between the night hours of Friday and wee hours of Saturday. The cyclone brought a heavy rainfall to Chennai and to the northern belt of Tamil Nadu. 

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. 

Scattered debris: The roof of a bus shelter was damaged due to the gusty winds of cyclone Mandous in Pattinapakkam, Chennai.


In Chennai, major disruptions were caused by the uprooting of dozens of trees due to gusty winds. Around 25,000 personnel from Chennai Corporation were deployed to the front lines and the residents were given with warnings. As the entire government machinery worked to subdue and fix the disruptions, the visuals shown that Chennai will be back to business soon. 

Due to the heavy rainfall, the foot-over bridges in Tambaram were waterlogged and the wind speed had collapsed a bridge at Basin Bridge railway yard. The roof of bus stations and several homes had also damaged while inundations were reported in the low-lying areas. A slew of massive trees were uprooted in downtown Chennai which caused traffic disruptions. 

Broken bridge: A collapsed bridge was seen atop a train in Basin Bridge yard in Chennai amid a heavy rainfall


As the Chennai Corporation was awake and responding to the emergencies, several residents say that they got supportive response from the civic body and that most of the disruptions were cleared soon. As the cyclonic storm gets weakened as a deep depression, it is crossing the interior parts of Tamil Nadu and earlier on Saturday - December 10, Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji said that the electricity supply would be fixed and issued to the areas that ran out of power. 

Caught in a havoc: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian inspects a damaged house in Saidapet, Chennai due to cyclone Mandous 


The fishermen community had suffered a wreaking havoc as they were hard hit by the cyclonic storm. The fishermen in the coastal areas have reported that their fishing nets and boats were heavily damaged. The fishermen who incurred severe damages have urged the government to help their livelihoods as they can't be able to venture into the sea. On the other hand, the fishermen who had witnessed minor damages have said that they are waiting the nod from the department of fisheries to get back to the business. 

Terrific fall on a tarmac: Corporation personnel are seen clearing a massive tree that was uprooted due to gusty cyclonic winds in Kilpauk, Chennai 


It has also been reported that around 50 boats were submerged into the sea in Kasimedu, Chennai. In the wake of the rainfall prediction, a holiday has been declared for schools and colleges on Saturday - December 10 in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Vellore, and Villupuram. The state government has set up around 5093 relief camps across the state with 169 camps in Chennai.