Cyclone Mandous Makes Landfall in India

On Friday, Cyclone Mandous barreled towards India’s southeastern coast as authorities deployed nearly 400 disaster relief personnel in Tamil Nadu state and urged residents to stockpile essentials.

Cyclone Mandous Makes Landfall in India
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Facts

  • On Friday, Cyclone Mandous barreled towards India’s southeastern coast as authorities deployed nearly 400 disaster relief personnel in Tamil Nadu state and urged residents to stockpile essentials.
  • Mandous made landfall near Mamallapuram, bringing heavy winds and rains to coastal regions. The storm strength weakened throughout Friday according to India's meteorological agency.
  • The cyclone could bring up to 8 inches (20.32 cm) of rain in the landfall area and could cause dangerous flash floods in the city of Chennai due to poor drainage infrastructure.
  • En route to India, the cyclone brought strong wind, airborne dust, and rain to Sri Lanka — causing public school closures. Children and elderly residents were advised to remain indoors due to poor air quality.
  • Indian officials warned that storm surge will likely inundate low-lying coastal areas of northern Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
  • Mandous also disrupted regional transportation in India, including flights in and out of Chennai airport, as well as public ground transportation.

Sources: Al Jazeera, Indiatoday, AccuWeather, DW, Reuters, and News Minute.

Narratives

  • Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Republic World. Tamil Nadu’s government is taking all steps to ensure its residents are equipped to endure the impacts of Cyclone Mandous. From providing instructions on necessary measures to monitoring the storm’s development in every district, public officials have a comprehensive "all hands on deck" approach for navigating this storm.
  • Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by Hans India. Government officials have a glaring gap in their preparation for Cyclone Mandous — the agricultural sector. Many farmers were reportedly not warned of the incoming storm, and the government did not provide tarps needed to protect crops from the severe weather. Once the cyclone passes, it will be evident if agriculture was harmed by this planning snafu.