Kerala to receive isolated rain with lightning; yellow alert in 9 districts

Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department has warned of the possibility of isolated rain with lightning over Kerala for three days from today. A yellow alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts for the next two days.

The department has advised people to avoid fishing in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coast on December 12 and 13.

Not much damage in TN

A woman recovers her shop at Marina beach after Cyclone Mandous made landfall in Chennai on Saturday | Photo: PTI

A relatively minor level of damage, including to houses, marked the landfall of cyclonic storm Mandous in Tamil Nadu and at least four people were killed in rain-related incidents, officials said.

“There is no damage on a large scale,” said Chief Minister MK Stalin after visiting the affected fishing districts here and distributing relief aid to them. Tamil Nadu, Chennai in particular, “came out of Mandous’s influence,” he said.

Stalin told reporters that he was making an estimate of the loss and Central help would be sought if needed. He said four people had died, apparently referring to rain-related incidents.

181 houses — huts — were damaged and information was being gathered about other types of damage. In 201 relief camps, 9,130 ​​people from 3,163 families are being protected.

Fisherman moves a boat at Kasimedu Fishing Harbor after the landfall of Cyclone Mandous, Chennai | Photo: PTI

About 400 trees were downed in the city by 70km/h winds as the weather system crossed the coast.

Apart from the police, civic agencies, including the Greater Chennai Corporation, removed fallen trees, and a total of 25,000 workers were involved in cyclone-related relief and rescue operations. This is in addition to 496 employees of NDRF and State DRF.

The cyclone caused damage to electric poles and transformers in several areas and power supply was interrupted and later restored.

Tiruvannamalai District, which received very heavy rains (25 cm) was among the crop damaged regions.

Rains lashed the coastal regions of AP
One person died in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh and more than 1,000 people have been sheltered in relief camps due to heavy rains caused by Cyclone ‘Mandous’ in several southern districts of the state.

SPSR Nellore and Tirupati districts were on alert due to the possibility of flash floods in minor rivers – Kandaleru, Maneru and Swarnamuki. The list of vulnerable mandals and villages has been sent to the district administrations to take necessary preventive measures, according to the government’s status report at 8:30 am on Sunday. Light to moderate rain is likely at isolated places in the state on December 11 and 12, he said.

K Padmavathi, a resident of Darjipalli village in YSR Kadapa district died on Saturday due to wall collapse.

A total of 4,647.4 hectares of agriculture and 532.68 hectares of horticultural crops were damaged by the rains, while 170 houses were destroyed. 140 SDRF and 95 NDRF personnel have been deployed in the four districts to be pressed into service in any case.

Cyclone alert messages have been sent through common alert protocol (CAP) to one million subscribers spread across six districts, who are likely to be affected by the rains from December 8 to 10.

Light to moderate rainfall over Karnataka
According to the Met department, rain has occurred over South Interior Karnataka and isolated places in coastal and North Interior Karnataka.

Light to moderate rain is very likely during the next 24 hours at most parts of South Interior Karnataka and a few places of Coastal and North Interior Karnataka, according to a statement, heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places is very likely. In Bengaluru Rural, Chitradurga, Mandya, Ramanagara and Tumkur districts.

Also, isolated places of Bengaluru Urban, Chamarajanagara, Chikkaballapura, Mysuru, Kolar, Kodagu, Chikamagalur and Hassan districts are likely to experience heavy rain.

(with PTI inputs)

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