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South India braces for Cyclone Mandous

December 9, 2022

The cyclone is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the coastal shores of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and neighboring areas. India's Meteorological Department has warned communities about rough sea conditions.

Persons with colorful umbrellas walk along the sea embankment against high waves, in Chennai, on Friday, December 9, 2022
The cyclone is expected to weaken into a deep depression three hours after landfall, the Indian Meteorological Department saidImage: R. Parthibhan/AP/picture alliance

Cyclone Mandous is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and neighboring areas Friday night.

The cyclone brought high winds, dust and rain as it passed Sri Lanka's coast early Friday morning.

Public schools remain closed in Sri Lanka, with rain in the commercial capital Colombo. 

Dust and reduced air quality prompted authorities to advise children and the elderly to remain indoors in the country.

Southern India braces for heavy rainfall

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the storm was very likely to move nearly northwestwards and cross the northern coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh Friday night. 

A man on a scooter drives amidst gusty winds and heavy rain in Chennai, India on Friday, December 9, 2022
Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu's capital city, Chennai, on Friday morningImage: R. Parthibhan/AP/picture alliance

Authorities deployed nearly 400 disaster relief personnel in Tamil Nadu state, with the IMD warning that mud houses, power and communication lines along the coastal areas were also likely going to be affected.

People were urged to stock up on essentials and be prepared to move to shelters.

A man walks past fishing boats stationed along a beach amidst gusty winds in Chennai, December 8, 2022
Indian authorities have warned about rough sea conditions as the storm approachesImage: ARUN SANKAR/AFP

Low lying coastal areas at risk

The IMD said the cyclone would carry a maximum "sustained wind speed of 65-75 kilometers per hour (40-46 miles per hour) gusting to 85 kilometers per hour during midnight of today" until the "early hours of tomorrow," Saturday.

The Meteorological Department added that Mandous weakened from an earlier severe category, but warned a storm surge of roughly half a meter (20 inches) above the high tide was likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas of northern Tamil Nadu and neigboring Puducherry.

Authorities also warned of rough sea conditions along the shores, issuing an advisory for fishing communities.

Sri Lanka's National Building Research Organization said that air quality had dipped Friday but would improve as the storm moved away from the Sri Lankan coast.

Reuters material contributed to this report.

Roshni Majumdar Roshni is a writer at DW's online breaking news desk and covers stories from around the world.@RoshniMaj