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Torrential rains cause flooding, evacuations in southern India

Explained Why does waterlogging hamper Kochi airport operations often

"As the apron area is waterlogged due to the flood, all aircraft operations have been suspended at Kochi airport till 9 am on August 9", said a statement issued earlier on Thursday by the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL).

The airport, the most busiest in the state, had been closed for several days past year as the aerodrome was flooded following unabated rains.

In wake of torrential rains since Tuesday, Kochi airport has been shut till 3 pm on Sunday after rainwater gushed into the parking area. Those floods, dubbed the worst to hit the state in almost a century, caused billions of dollars of damage to fields, homes and other infrastructure.

At least 11 people have been killed so far in rain-related incidents.

Several persons are suspected to be missing in the landslip reported from Meppadi in Wayanad district Friday, where, a temple, a mosque and a couple of houses and a few vehicles have come under the debris.

There is no power in the area over the past three three days and no communication is possible, he said. Heavy rainfall has been forecast from August 15.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who chaired an emergency meeting this morning to take stock of the situation, said the state should be prepared for more downpour. Over 22,000 people have been moved to relief camps. Officials have advised fishermen not to venture into these areas during the period.

Schools and colleges in many parts of western and southern India have been shut since Monday, authorities have said.