Rescue operations are ongoing in southern and western parts of India as of Tuesday, August 13, as monsoon rains continue to hit the region. Significant flooding and landslides have force at least 1.2 million people to evacuate to relief camps in Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, and Maharashtra states. At least 202 people have been killed as of Tuesday, with dozens of people still missing. Kerala state has been the most affected, with over 250,000 residents being moved from Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kozhikode districts to relief areas.
Further heavy rainfall is forecast in Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, and Maharashtra states through Friday, August 16. 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 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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