Heavy downpour continued to wreak havoc across the district on Thursday.
Rain caused severe water-logging on city roads. Traffic came to a standstill for hours in many places.
Heavy rain coupled with strong winds began at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Water logging was severe at Bini junction, District Hospital junction, KSRTC junction and Sankarayyar Road. Long traffic blocks were witnessed at almost all junctions in the city, causing inconvenience to students and office-goers.
Uprooted trees damaged houses in many places.
Floods in low-lying areas including Anthikkad, Chazhoor Mullassery and Thanner Kayal, marooned more than 100 houses. Most bunds were on the verge of a breach. The water level in the major rivers was on the rise.
Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees and damaged houses in Chavakkad, Thekkenchery, Punna, South Palayur, Muthuvattur, Edakkazhiyur and Aviyur. Widespread crop loss was reported from various parts of the district. Standing crops in several parts are under water.
The coastal areas face the threat of sea erosion. Sea walls have been damaged in many places. Sand and water washed into a few houses. Residents complained that the sea walls were too low and weak to prevent the tidal waves.
Meanwhile, 1,613 people sought treatment for viral fever in the district on Thursday. Of these, 43 were admitted to various hospitals. According to sources at the District Medical Office, 276 people sought medical help for diarrhoea. Three dengue fever cases were confirmed in the district on Thursday. One chicken pox and two cases of mumps were also reported.
A 63-year-old woman, Ammini of Arthat, succumbed to suspected leptospirosis in the district.