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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
Ellis Copeland | 16 August, 2018, 11:10

Heavy rains forced state authorities to release excess water from dozens of reservoirs, causing floods downstream. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting today.

With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam touching the maximum of 142 feet, Vijayan wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart K Palaniswami requesting him to bring down the level to 139 feet in view of the dam's safety. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which made a decision to suspend the arrival operations at 4 am to 7 am today as a precautionary measure, had earlier said the airport would be shut till 2 pm.

Many families were feared trapped in their homes in places like Kadunagalloor, Thottakattukara, Karumalloor, Thuruthu, Desom, Kalady, Companypady, Manjali, Veliyathunad, Malikampeedika, Paravoor Kavala, Chowara, Eloor North Paravur, etc. Search and rescue operations are going on full throttle in the district. The airport is situated near the Periyar river bank.

The impact of the heavy rain and the resultant flooding was mostly felt in the eastern parts of the district. The Railways has not indicated when suspended services will be resumed.

More than 1.5 lakh people have been lodged in relief camps across the state, Vijayan said. The Southern Naval Command has suspended all training activities and deployed all its available resources for the rescue operations in the flood-hit state. The Union minister informed that 14 global flights operated by airlines such as Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, Sri Lankan airways were rescheduled to and from Thiruvananthapuram instead of Kochi during the day.

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All dams continue to remain open.

The Cochin International Airport was closed till Saturday afternoon as water released from the Idukki dam flooded the area. Trains have been delayed due to the landslide at Vallathol Nagar in Vadakkanchery.

Peermade in Idukki recorded the highest rainfall of 27 cm yesterday while Idukki town received 23 cm, Munnar 22 cm and Karipur in Malappuram 21 cm. The flood has severely damaged areas along Periyar and Pampa rivers, forcing people living there to move to safer locations, abandoning their houses and livelihoods.

Rains also did not spare Thiruvanathapuram city with low lying areas being inundated, prompting residents to shift to relief camps. Traffic has been stopped in Kuthiaran region connecting Thrissur-Palakkad on Salem-Kochi national highway.

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