Cyclone Mandous: Red alert in 13 Tamil Nadu districts, heavy rain predicted: schools, colleges shut due to heavy rain forecast

Cyclone Mandous is located around 320 kilometres south-southeast of Chennai and roughly 240 kilometres east-southeast of Karaikal. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over the next two days. The IMD in its forecast On December 9, projected strong rain with intense spells of rain likely to occur at Tiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts,

Courtesy The Weather Chennel

On the nights of December 9–10 in between, a strong cyclone is predicted to move west-northwestward and cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota at a windspeed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph. A red alert has been issued for 13 districts in Tamil Nadu, including Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kancheepuram districts.

Precautionary measures & groundwork by authorities

In 10 districts in the Cauvery delta region, Chennai,  and Cuddalore, 12 teams made up of almost 400 troops from the National Disaster Response Force and the State force have been deployed, according to the Tamil Nadu government. A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges on Friday.

Precautionary measures were taken by the Greater Chennai Corporation, which included closing all parks and playgrounds till further notice. The Chennai Corporation also requested that people park their vehicles in open places rather than under trees

Lt. Col N Thagarajan (Veteran)
Lt. Col N Thagarajan (Veteran)

Lieutenant Colonel N. Thiagarajan is a distinguished geopolitical and defence analyst and boasts over three decades of experience in the Indian Army. His expertise lies in strategic analysis, military affairs, interpreting complex international relations dynamics, and assessing their impact on global security.