KOCHI: Normal life was thrown out of gear as heavy rain lashed the whole of Kochi since Friday morning. Though the downpour continued throughout the day, no major damage was reported by the district administration.
The office-goers and school students had a tough time as incessant showers caused heavy traffic jams and waterlogging in many stretches. Taking note of the heavy downpour, many schools wound up classes even before the District Collector declared a holiday for all educational institutions on Saturday. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vaduthala said it has postponed its open school classes slated for Saturday.
The heavy showers is likely dash the hopes of people with outdoor plans in the weekend, as Met Department informed that the weather is set to remain unchanged in the coming days.Commuters had a harrowing time, thanks to the works of Kochi Metro causing water-logging and crippled bus services.
Vehicles moved at a snail’s pace at major junctions like Vyttila, Kaloor and Edappally, whereas pedestrians, with umbrellas clinged to their hands, had a tough time to keep away from puddled water splashed by vehicles.As usual, the busy stretches of MG Road, Paramara road, Pulleppadi, Providence Road, Krishna Swamy Road, North, South and Udaya Colony remained inundated all day. Apart from the lag in services, neither the KSRTC buses nor train services were cancelled. However, Vypeen-Fort Kochi jankar services were cancelled in the evening.
Heavy rains disturbed life in the suburbs too with Cherai beach wearing a rough look.