Heavy rain: Air, rail, road traffic hit hard in Kochi

Heavy rain: Air, rail, road traffic hit hard in Kochi

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Kochi, Aug 9 : In the wake of heavy rains and water logging, the air, rail and road traffic came to a standstill in Kochi, the major metro city of Kerala. The Kerala government has issued a red alert in four districts, Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Schools and colleges are shut in all the 14 districts of the southern state today and university examinations postponed.

The operations of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) will remain suspended till 3pm of August 11, Sunday. The water level in Periyar river and a canal near the airport has been rising. At least six people have died in the floods. Over 22,000 people have been evacuated from flooded areas in several districts and are living at 315 camps, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority said.

An entire cluster of homes of plantation workers at a tea estate in Wayanad was swept away by a landslide on Thursday evening. At least 150 are trapped under the debris and 200 are injured, officials said.

An emergency control room number is provided for enquiry by the passengers, according to press release from the CIAL.

Flights will be diverted till the opening of the Airport, it added. Rail traffic between Alappuzha and Ernakulam was disrupted after trees fell on the tracks near Cherthala on Friday morning.

Following the incident, several trains were diverted via Kottayam route. The Ernad Express and the Jan Shatabdi Express have been diverted via Kottayam, a railway press release said here.

The train services via Alappuzha have been stopped for the next four hours, it added. (UNI)