Red alert sounded in 12 districts

Red alert sounded in 12 districts

The Kochi airport on Wednesday had suspended operations till 2 pm on August 18. He has also asked for more helicopters.

Sixty-seven people have been killed over the past week in the worst floods to hit India's Kerala state in almost a century.

The Tamil Nadu government opened the sluice gates of the Mullaperiyar dam at 2.30 am today to release excess water from the reservoir.

While a red alert was sounded in 11 of the 14 Kerala districts, including Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Kannur and Ernakulam, by Wednesday afternoon, it was extended across the state by the evening hours.

"Presently, 35 reservoirs in the state are releasing water".

More than 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) of roads and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged across the state, officials said.

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There is no respite for the people of Kerala from the incessant rains, and lakhs of people are in relief camps across all districts in the state.

Rescue operations are in full swing in flood-affected Kerala.

The social media was flooded with distress calls seeking help to rescue the stranded.

With water levels of the Periyar near the Railway bridge close to Aluva rising dangerously, all train services have been temporarily suspended along the Ernakulam-Alappuzha route. "This is done to minimize the inconvenience to passengers and as a precautionary measure to ensure operational safety", Cochin International Airport said in a statement. "All are requested to cooperate". We are working hard to drain out the storm water. The airport is situated near the Periyar river bank. Many others were saved by the authorities on Wednesday even as they sought more help from NDRF. The company has also announced customer service support to its brand vehicles which were damaged in the inundations in the State.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office announced on Twitter that Kochi's worldwide airport - the main gateway to the region - would be closed until Saturday "due to heavy rains and resultant flooding". "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 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.

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