At least 20 people have died in different rain-related incidents in South India over the past few days. Flood-hit Kerala recorded 8 deaths, while 3 were reported from Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Flight operations at Kerala airport were suspended till Friday morning as floodwaters inundated the apron area (parking area), authorities said. Earlier on Thursday, flight operations were suspended for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains.
"As the apron area is waterlogged due to the flood, all aircraft operations (have been) suspended at Kochi airport till 9 am on August 9," a statement issued on Thursday by the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) said.Flights coming to the airport have been diverted, a CIAL spokesperson said without elaborating.A 'red alert' has been sounded in Kerala's Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad, IMD sources said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who chaired an emergency meeting Thursday morning to take stock of the situation, said the state should be prepared for more downpour.