Media reports indicate that at least 22 people have been killed following monsoon rains in Kerala State on Friday, August 9. The inclement weather has brought landslides and significant flooding, prompting the evacuation of about 22,000 people across the state. A major landslide in Puthumala Village (Wayanad district) has trapped several people. Rescue operators were on the scene and are expected to receive rescue equipment via airlift.
Electricity cuts and water shortages were also reported in Maharashtra state.
Kochi's Cochin International Airport (COK) remains closed and is expected to reopen on Sunday, August 11, at 15:00 (local time). The Indian Navy has since opened one runway for commercial flights at an undisclosed naval base.
Individuals in the affected areas and those flying via COK are advised to monitor local weather reports and to contact their airline for more information. Avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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