Cyclone Mandus has wreaked havoc off the coast of Tamil Nadu. Heavy rains lashed Chennai following which water-logging occurred in several colonies. Strong winds and rain caused by the storm last night caused heavy damage to trees and houses at many places in the capital. Roofs of many houses collapsed and low-lying areas were flooded, throwing life out of gear. Incidents of wall collapse have also come to the fore at many places, along with which parked cars were also buried under the debris. The Indian Meteorological Department has said in the latest update that now the cyclone has weakened in the northern region. It will gradually turn into a depression by afternoon.
Cyclone Mandus is now moving towards North West but the wind speed is still said to be very strong. It will move with winds of 55 to 65 kilometers per hour in the areas of North West. However, by evening, the storm would have weakened significantly and the wind speed would be 30 to 40 kmph. The administration has still asked people to take precautions and appealed to stay indoors and not risk their lives by venturing out.
The effect of the cyclone has been very deep, which has razed about 100 trees within 3 hours. Areas were flooded for which evacuation arrangements are now being made. In this regard, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that all necessary steps have been taken for relief and rescue from the storm. Disaster management officials are constantly monitoring the situation. In view of the threat of the storm, a holiday has also been declared for schools in Sirumalai and Kodaikanal. Along with this, an order has been issued to keep the colleges closed on Saturday.