Chennai, 12th December 2022: The India Meteorological Department in a press release has advised fishermen to not venture into southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea; and along and off the coast of Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep areas on 12th and 13th December.

It says, “Isolated heavy rainfall activity likely to continue over south peninsular India during next 24 hours and reduce thereafter. A Low-Pressure Area is likely to form over Southeast & adjoining East central Arabian Sea around 13th December.”

“The cyclonic circulation over north Kerala and neighbourhood extending up to 5.8 Km above main sea level persists. A cyclonic circulation likely to emerge into south Andaman Sea around 13th December, 2022.”

“The remnants of the now weakened Cyclone Mandous will completely recede. Today’s rain is apparently due to the influence of the remnant,” according to S Balachandran, Additional Director-General of Meteorology, Chennai.

Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, and several other parts of Tamil Nadu, have been witnessing heavy rains and strong winds as cyclonic storm Mandous crossed the states on Saturday after landfall. Schools in certain districts have been closed, crops have been affected and the five major reservoirs in Chennai and neighbouring districts, are filling up fast. Poondi dam almost touched full capacity on Monday.

IMD says that rains are likely to continue in Tamil Nadu till the 15th.