Heavy monsoon rains caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 24 people on Wednesday, August 8, through Thursday, August 9, in southern India's Kerala state. The districts of Palakkad, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, and Malappuram were hit the hardest by flooding. The continued rains this monsoon season filled reservoirs to capacity, forcing the government to open the Idukki Dam, causing increased flooding in areas along the Periyar River. Flights from Cochin International Airport (COK) in Kochi were delayed on Thursday afternoon (local time) along with trains departing Kochi. As of 08:00 on Friday, August 10, all flights are on schedule, though train delays are expected to persist through late August due to construction.
According to the India Meteorological Department, more rain is forecast for Kerala, with heavy rainfall expected on Friday and returning on Monday, August 13. Most precipitation in the coming weeks is expected along coastal areas. Further flooding and associated transportation delays are possible.
The southwest summer monsoon season lasts from June to September and brings around 75 percent of the region's annual precipitation.
Individuals in Kerala are advised to keep abreast of regional weather forecasts, remain cautious during outdoor activity, anticipate transportation disruptions, check flight statuses with their airline, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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