Flooding: Nedumbassery airport closed for 4 days

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Authorities in the southern state, which is home to 33 million people, have placed local agencies on the highest alert level in what has turned out to be Kerala's worst monsoon in nearly a century.

The total death toll in Kerala floods rose to 80 on Thursday.

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. "All are requested to cooperate".

Heavy rains forced state authorities to release excess water from dozens of reservoirs, causing floods downstream.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, very heavy rainfall is forecast for the next two days. "I also said that it is critical that he gives the state special financial assistance as this is a tragedy without parallel in Kerala's history", Gandhi tweeted. The Cochin International Airport has suspended all flight operations till Saturday.

The tourist town of Munnar is virtually inundated after shutters of the Idukki, Mullaperiyar and Mattuppetty dams were opened.

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Cochin International Airport temporarily suspended flight operations citing rising trend of water inflow at the airport.

"The situation is grave, the rain is expected to continue". Home Minister Rajnath Singh communicated to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan over a telephonic conversation that the Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala. 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. The chief minister asked officials to make necessary arrangements to take passengers, who may be landing in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, to their respective places by state-run buses.

The airport at Nedumbassery near Kochi (Cochin International Airport - CIAL) caters to a significant number of more than 3mn Malayalis living overseas.

Several people have vacated their homes due to landslides and land slips.

The State has been seeking financial support from people across the world.

Former KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran and his wife were among the many people shifted from a high end residential area after rain water gushed into their house.

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