Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Over 10 flights were cancelled at Chennai airport due to adverse weather conditions arising due to cyclone Mandous, informed officials on Friday.
A total of 13 flights arriving from and departing to various locations were cancelled.
The officials also advised the masses to check with airlines in view of the flights affected due to the extreme weather conditions.
“Kindly take note of the flight cancellations at Chennai Intl Airport on 09.12.2022 due to adverse weather conditions forecasted. Passengers are requested to check with concerned airline(s) for further updates. #Chennai #MandousCyclone #Mandous@AAI_Official@pibchennai,” tweeted the Chennai (MAA) Airport.
In view of Mandous maintaining its intensity of ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ till the early morning hours on Friday, the National Disaster Response Force team were kept on standby in Chennai, officials said on Friday.
The officials said rescue teams were ready with equipment in case of emergency.
“NDRF is ready to face the Mandous Cyclone situation in Chennai. The NDRF team in Chennai Adayar Indra Nagar has been placed ready where they have packed rescue materials to move when a tough situation arises. Once the alert from state officials is communicated NDRF team will move immediately to the needed spot,” said Sub-Inspector NDRF, Sandeep Kumar.
Earlier three districts Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kancheepuram of Tamil Nadu were put on a red alert, officials said.
Most places over the north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places.
Cyclone will continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
Earlier, the Greater Chennai Corporation issued precautionary measures and ordered closure of all parks and playgrounds till further notice.