Intermittent spells of downpour continued to batter the district on Wednesday even as the authorities said that the intensity of rainfall had dropped considerably.
While city traffic continued to be hit by rain, motorists were left to do a balancing act relying mostly on intuition for manoeuvring their way through potholed roads. Vyttila and Seaport-Airport Road were the worst-hit stretches, while low-lying areas experienced sporadic waterlogging.
In their reports submitted to the District Emergency Operation Centre, tahsildars said since the ferocity of rain had subsided considerably, there was no need for operating relief centres in taluks.
Though water level in various places had dropped, the District Collector issued a warning to people residing on both sides of Thodupuzha and Muvattupuzha rivers to be alert, since all the four shutters of the Malankara dam had been opened.
Though two families from Kuttampuzha village in Kothamangalam taluk were moved out to a nearby church following threats of flooding on Tuesday night, they returned home in the early hours of Wednesday after the intensity of rain came down. A house suffered partial damage in Paravur taluk inflicting loss to the tune of Rs. 8,000.
Meanwhile, District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla’s official Facebook page continued to be flooded by school students who pleaded and even invoked democratic principles while urging the Collector to declare a holiday for the third day running on Thursday. There were even requests from other districts seeking Mr. Safirulla’s intervention to get his counterparts there to declare holiday on account of rain.
Crops in 185.49 hectares have been destroyed so far, accounting for loss to the tune of Rs. 4.88 crore, according to the District Emergency Operation Centre. Crops in 1.88 hectares were destroyed in the heavy spells of rain in the last four days alone, inflicting a loss of Rs. 7.33 lakh.
Rain inflicted maximum damage on crops like plantain, coconut, rubber, and vegetables. The emergency centre said the recent climatic warnings remained.
In the event of emergency, people can contact the following control room numbers: District Emergency Operation Centre – 0484-2423513; toll-free number – 1077; taluk control room numbers; Aluva - 0484 2624052; Kanayannur - 0484 2360704; Kochi - 0484 2215559; Kothamangalam - 0485 2822298; Kunnathunadu - 0484 2522224; Muvattupuzha - 0485 2813773, and Paravur - 0484 2442326.