Monsoon rains continue to cause deadly flooding and landslides in southern and western states as of Saturday, August 10, particularly in Kerala state. Over 95 people have been killed as of Saturday, including 40 in Kerala, in recent days. More than 100,000 residents in Kerala were evacuated to emergency relief camps. However, state officials said that more than 80 communities remain isolated due to the landslides and flooding. Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat have also experienced significant heavy rains and fatalities.
Further rainfall is forecast to continue through Monday, August 12, with intermittent heavy rainfall in isolated areas. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and train delays and cancelations, and communication disruptions are expected in the coming hours and days. Kochi's Cochin International Airport (COK) remains closed and is expected to reopen on Sunday, August 11, at 15:00 (local time).
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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