Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cochin airport closed as water enters taxiway

Cochin airport closed as water enters taxiway

Units from the National Disaster Response Force, along with fire fighters and police, are continuing the search and rescue operations.

Red alert had been issued on Thursday by the Kerala government in four districts: Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode.

Palakkad and Pala town in central Kerala are also flooded.

Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.

In the latest flooding, several dozen people were feared to have been trapped after landslides in Wayanad and Malappuram districts.

Around 22 people have lost their lives in the Kerala floods and more than 22,000 have been evacuated.

Maharashtra received 782 mm of rain between June to August, 109 percent of the average rainfall in this period, he said.

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IMD on Thursday said that there is a very likely enhancement of rainfall over parts of Konkan and central Maharashtra over the next two days as the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal off north Odisha and West Bengal coast has weakened into a depression and now lies over north-east Chhattisgarh and neighbouring areas.

Flood-affected families will get Rs 10,000 each in rural areas and Rs 15,000 in urban areas, he said. The state may open Banasura Sagar dam, the largest earthen dam in India situated in the district on Saturday.

Most flights have been diverted to the state capital Thiruvanathapuram for the next two days. Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad were experiencing extremely heavy rainfall, he said.

The private boat was being used by locals to rescue people stranded in the village affected by the flood following heavy rains in the district.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to talk about the flood situation in Kerala. Orange alert has been issued in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam districts. All ministers have headed to flood-affected areas, and schools, roads, trains and the Kochi airport remained shut for the day.

In Kolhapur, 97,102 persons have been shifted, followed by Sangli (80,319), Pune (13,336), Solapur (7,749) and Satara (7,085).

Cochin Airport Authority Limited announced today (09) that all aircraft operations suspended at Kochi airport till 3 pm on Sunday, SriLankan Airlines said in a release.

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