Who named cyclonic storm Mandous and what it means | Details

Cyclonic storm Mandous is approximately 500 km east-southeast of Karaikal and 580 km southeast of Chennai as of Thursday morning, December 8. Light rainfall is likely over areas in and around Chennai over the next 3 hours. Read on to know who named the storm Mandous and what it means.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 8, 2022 12:20 IST

Cyclonic storm Mandous is expected to cross Puducherry around Friday midnight. (File photo)

By Gautham Balaji: The deep depression over the south Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm Mandous around midnight on Thursday, December 8. As of Thursday morning, Cyclone Mandous is approximately 500 km east-southeast of Karaikal and 580 km southeast of Chennai.

The name was given when the cyclonic circulation was expected to likely move northwest and evolve into a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal. Windspeeds over the south Bay of Bengal are likely to reach over 90 kmph due to the steady progress of cyclonic storm Mandous.


The name “Mandous” was given to the storm when it was only a well-marked area over the Andaman Sea and the adjoining Bay of Bengal. It was named Mandous by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mandous, in Arabic, means “treasure box.”

According to the latest information by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, the cyclonic storm Mandous is expected to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast around midnight on Friday, December 9.


As a result, six National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were deployed in Tamil Nadu in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Myladuthurai and Chennai. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Puducherry and Karaikal.

Teams from the Army and Navy rescue & relief, along with ships and aircraft, are on standby for Andhra Pradesh. The coast guard has also been alerted to be on standby with their vessels. These teams will reportedly be activated as and when the AP state government asks for them.

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Gautham Balaji

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Dec 8, 2022

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