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At least 16 flights cancelled in Chennai due to cyclone Mandous

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  • 9th December, 2022 06:59:58 PM
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At least 16 flights cancelled in Chennai due to cyclone Mandous

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Chennai: Heavy rainfall is forecast besides cyclonic winds of around 85 km an hour as it passes over the Chennai coast around midnight. Government has issued a helpline number: 044-2538-4530.

Ahead of Cyclone Mandous's landfall likely by tonight, 16 flights were cancelled at the Chennai airport due to bad weather today. These include three international flights. "Passengers are requested to check with concerned airline(s) for further updates," tweeted Chennai International Airport.

Though the intensity has lessened, as was expected, three districts are on Red Alert: Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram that border the capital Chennai, and Villupuram just south of them. Schools and colleges have been shut in 12 districts of the state, including Chennai. 

Heavy rainfall is forecast besides cyclonic winds of around 85 km an hour as it passes over the Chennai coast around midnight. On the intensity scale, it was classified as 'Severe Cyclonic Storm', the fourth highest, meaning winds of 89-117 km per hour, but it has since come down to 'Cyclonic Storm' with winds at 62-88 km/hour. The most extreme is 'Super Cyclonic Storm', with winds at 222 km an hour and more.

Source: NDTV