Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

Kerala Rains LIVE: Kochi airport suspends operations until August 18, red alert in multiple districts

The torrential rain - which forced the state to release excess water from its reservoirs, causing floods downstream - was expected to stop on Wednesday. We are working hard to drain out the storm water.

The flood situation in Kerala has further worsened with many areas inundated with death toll in the current spell of heavy rain rising to 35.

The Government of Kerala has declared red alert in seven districts including the flood affected Wayanad, Idukki and Palakkad, till Wednesday considering that the rains are receding in these districts. "DGCA is coordinating." To the state government's request to allow small aircraft to land at the naval airport in Kochi, the minister said they were exploring alternative landing places for small aircraft. The company has also announced customer service support to its brand vehicles which were damaged in the inundations in the State.

More rain has been forecast till Saturday. Transport services have been disrupted with floodwaters cutting off access to road links and inundating railway tracks and entering into Kochi airport.

Authorities have opened the gates of 34 reservoirs as water reached risky levels.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and requested him to increase the deployment of Army and Navy in flood-hit Kerala and give special financial assistance to the state.

Operations at the Kochi airport have been suspended till August 18 and flights were being diverted to various airports. "CM Pinarayi Vijayan has urged all to contribute generously to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund". "This is done to minimize the inconvenience to passengers and as a precautionary measure to ensure operational safety", Cochin International Airport said in a statement. "The neighbouring states have been helping us and we need their help in the future too", added the chief minister.

The State has been seeking financial support from people across the world. Officials hurriedly opened 14 relief camps.

"We have chose to post more senior officials in affected districts to help the collectors carry out relief work".

More than 40 people have already lost their lives in the heavy rainfall, which has led several dams to burst their banks.

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