Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Rain fury in Kerala: UAE airlines suspend flights to Kochi

Rain fury in Kerala: UAE airlines suspend flights to Kochi

Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed more than 40 people in the past week, officials said on Wednesday.

TVS Motor Company has contributed Rs 10 million to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) in lieu of the distressing flood situation in Kerala.

With these deaths on Wednesday, including five of a family, the death toll since August 8 climbed to 67.

The decision to suspend the operations was taken after shutters of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dams, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened on Tuesday evening to release excess water.

Cochin International Airport had yesterday suspended all flight operations till Saturday as water entered in the airport area following continuous rains and the opening of dam shutters in Periyar river.

Meanwhile, talks are on between the centre and the state on allowing civilian flight operations from the Naval Base at Kochi.

A senior official with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, Sekhar Lukose Kuriakose, said the seasonal rains have killed more than 200 people in the state since May and displaced many. Vistara has gone a step ahead and announced special flights from Delhi and Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram-the airline doesn't fly to the airport but has introduced these temporary flights in wake of the crisis.

Flights in and out of the Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala were cancelled for three days Wednesday as severe monsoon flooding ravaged the region. The water level in Mullaperiyar was 142 feet as rain continued to lash the state.

"People living close to the banks of Periyar, which flows through Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts should comply with the directions issued by District Collectors of these districts and move to relief camps", said the Chief Minister's Office.

The chief secretary was asked to contact neighbouring states for emergency assistance.

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

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

The dam, located in Idukki district of Kerala, is owned and operated by Tamil Nadu. He later tweeted: "We discussed the flood situation in the state". Hence, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has chose to release more water from the Cheruthoni Dam.

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