Kochi Airport Shut Till Saturday, New Rain Red-Alert For Kerala

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Kerala Flood: Tourists visiting Kerala have been asked to stay away from the popular hill station of Munnar in Idukki district due to bad weather.

 The airport at Kochi, the busiest in Kerala, will remain closed till Saturday "due to heavy rains and resultant flooding", Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office has said. The runway and the parking area at the Kochi airport are flooded. Train services have also been affected due to Kerala rain, with many being delayed and cancelled. The torrential rain - which forced the state to release excess water from reservoirs, causing floods downstream - was expected to stop today. But the weather office has said it is likely to continue till Saturday. A red alert has been issued across the state. Forty-four people have died since August 8 in incidents related to what turned out to be the state's worst monsoon in almost a century.



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