India issued a new flood warning on Wednesday, August 14, for the southern state of Kerala as further monsoon-related heavy rainfall is forecast to affect the state over the coming 24-48 hours. Monsoon rains have killed more than 270 people in the month of August, with four states - Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat - being the most heavily impacted.
India has experienced above-average rainfall for the third straight week as its monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to September, comes to a close. Of the four Indian states at the epicenter of the ongoing monsoon, Kerala has seen the highest death toll, with 95 dead as of August 14 and 50 others reported missing. More than 1.2 million people living in the impacted areas have been displaced over the past two weeks due to landslides and flooding.
Further heavy rainfall is also forecast in Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra states over the coming days. Transportation (e.g. road closures, train and flight delays and cancelations), business, and communications disruptions are to be expected in flood-affected areas.
Individuals in the affected areas, and particularly those in Kerala state, 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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