Floods in southern India disrupt life, transport

Cochin airport closed as water enters taxiway

Kerala rains: Kochi airport operation suspended

Flight operations at the global airport here were suspended on Thursday for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains lashing the region, an official said.

At least 48 people have died since Thursday in floods in Kerala, where the beaches and hill resorts are a major worldwide tourist magnet, state police spokesman Pramod Kumar told AFP.

In Wayanad, which experienced a steady downpour throughout Friday, the situation could take a turn for the worse, the Chief Minister said.

Seven dams of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and six of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) have been opened in view of heavy inflows, officials said.

AM: Red alert has issued in nine districts of Kerala, including Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur.

Three districts in Maharashtra, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur have been under the siege of water for the last five days. The Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called to rescue people stuck in flood-prone areas. The western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat have also been badly hit by annual monsoon storms.

About 60 houses were brought down by landslide in Nilambur, and at least 40 families on the foothills are feared dead, according to local reports.

The region is being pounded by rains incessantly over the last few days. An entire valley of Kavalappara in Wayanad district has been swept over by earth sliding from the upper reaches burying underneath it about 17 houses along with almost 40 people. Three more bodies were recovered in the boat capsize incident that took place on Thursday near Brahmanal village in Palus tehsil of Sangli district during the flood rescue operations.

In Idukki, heavy rain and landslides were reported with Peermade, Idukki and Devikulam taluks in the district suffering the most damage. Wayanad has also been receiving heavy rains.

Around 200 people are stuck at Vaniyambalam near Munderi in Malappuram and efforts are on to rescue them. Banasurasagar, one of the largest earth dams in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia, impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River.

The rail traffic also continued to be disrupted on Saturday due to landslips and trees falling on the tracks in many parts of the state. "People residing on the banks of Karaman rivulet have been shifted", said P Manoharan, Assistant Executive Engineer (Research and Safety Sub-division), Banasura Sagar. Taking a cue from incidents of delayed evacuation previous year, he requested people in low-lying areas to evacuate without waiting for the water to reach shoulder-high levels.

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