Kerala rains: Kochi International airport suspends operations till Sunday

National Disaster Response Force conduct rescue and relief operation at a flooded area in Kolhapur district on Wednesday

Kerala rains: Kochi International airport suspends operations till Sunday

Kochi: The Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India was closed on Thursday night as water entered its taxiway following heavy rains and rising water levels in the Periyar river, a top airport official said. Flights coming to the airport were diverted. "So suspending the operations till Sunday will be convenient for both passengers and the airlines considering the uncertainty of rain status", said CIAL Spokesperson.

The airport, among the busiest in the country, had been rendered non-functional for a fortnight in 2018 due to flooding and torrential rains.

Kerala was hit by devastating floods last August that killed more than 200 people and affected more than 5 million.

Nine injured people have been shifted to a hospital.

Thousands of trucks were stuck for more than three days on a national highway linking the financial capital of Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in some places, a Maharashtra government official said. The Kerala government has also declared a holiday for Friday for all the schools across the state today. Nearly 315 camps relief camps have been opened by the state government. At least 4 trains - Maveli Express, Rajdhani, Dhanbad express and Guruvayur - were held up at various points, railway sources said.

Airport Operations suspended till midnight as a precautionary measure, he told reporters. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met with officials of the State Disaster Management Authority at their control room to oversee coordination of relief and rescue operations.

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