Monsoon rains kill 67 in southern India

Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

# Kerala's flood situation continues to be critical, nearly every other village in the state are affected in this deluge, according to the CMO.

"Once the water recedes, it will take us 24 hours to clean up".

Kerala continues to battle with heavy rains on Thursday with many districts and villages submerged by floods. "All are requested to cooperate", the spokesperson said.

Cochin International Airport had initially announced that operations would be suspended till Wednesday afternoon.

The heavy rain in Kerala since Tuesday filled the reservoirs of the dams to full capacity, and the fresh bout of rainfall on Wednesday claimed 21 lives, including seven members of a family, in a landslide in Malappuram district, and disrupted life in 12 of the 14 districts.

In a statement, the Kochi airport said, "Kochi Airport operations temporarily suspended till August 18 Saturday, 2 pm since the inflow of water is still on a raising trend. 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", Mr Gandhi tweeted.

The worldwide airport at Kochi, a major port city, suspended flight operations until Saturday after rains flooded the runway.

"All the officials are involved in the rescue and relief operations".

Cochin airport was shut till Saturday after water flooded the complex. The authorities hinted that the operations may not resume as expected earlier as the Periyar continued to be in spate.

Actor Mohanlal has donated Rs 25 lakhs to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) to tackle the major floods Kerala is facing now.

An Air India flight from Jeddah was diverted to Mumbai.

A landslide between Kuzhithurai and Eraniel stations has delayed four long distance trains, railway sources said adding a few passenger trains have been partially hit.

"We have made a decision to post more senior officials in affected districts to help the collectors carry out relief work". Thousands of people are stranded across the state.

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.

More than 50,000 have sought shelter in relief camps.

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