Kerala rain: 67 dead, Kochi airport shut till Saturday

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Kochi/Thirvananthapuram: The flood death toll has risen to 67 in Kerala. A red alert has been issued across the state

The airport at Kochi, the busiest and seen as the gateway to Kerala, will remain closed till Saturday due to heavy rains and resultant flooding”. The runway and the parking area at the airport are flooded.

Many trains have been delayed and cancelled due to rain. The rain is likely to continue till Saturday, the weather office has said.

“Due to excess rainfall floods, families, who have lost their closed ones and had to go through hardships, the country is standing by them with all its might to help them. Those who have lost the lives of their own, I share their sorrow,” PM Narendra Modi said during his Independence Day speech.

Following the devastation caused by the rain and floods, the state has cancelled Onam celebrations and the government has diverted Rs. 30 crore, meant for cultural events, to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

Tourists have been asked to stay away from the popular hill station of Munnar in Idukki district.

More than 10,000 kilometres of roads and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged across Kerala, officials said.

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