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Kerala rains: Cochin Airport suspends operations for 4 days
August 15, 2018, 9:49 am
An aerial view of Aluva town following a flash flood after heavy rains, in Kochi on Tuesday 14th Aug 2018.

Cochin International Airport suspended all flight operations for four days as water level has increased in the airport area following continuous rains and the opening of dam shutters in Periyar river. Floodwaters have entered the runway and the aircraft parking bays, according to latest reports.

The decision to suspend the operations was taken after shutters of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dams, part of Idukki reservoir, were opened last evening to release excess water. The airport is situated near the Periyar river bank.

A check of flight status at Cochin International Airport on Wednesday morning shows a number of international and domestic flights either cancelled or "indefinitely delayed" for both inbound and outbound flights.

Several inbound flights had been diverted to nearby cities. "Operations suspended to/from Cochin International Airport till 1400 hrs.due to flood level in and around Airport," an airport spokesperson said this morning.

The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which decided to suspend the arrival operations at 4 am to 7 am today as a precautionary measure, took the decision to shut the airport till afternoon after reviewing the situation.

The arrival operations at the airport were suspended for two hours on August 9 in view of possible inundation in the airport area. The operations were resumed later on. Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have claimed 40 lives in Kerala.

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