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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 10:37
Kochi airport suspends flights for three days
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The Kochi airport in Kerala suspended all flight operations till Saturday afternoon as the water level has increased in the airport area following continuous rain and the opening of dam shutters in Periyar river.
 
"Kochi airport operations temporarily suspended till 18th Saturday 2 PM since the inflow of water is still on a rising trend. We are working hard to drain out the stormwater. All are requested to co-operate," the airport authorities said in a statement.
 
Earlier this morning, the airport Cochin International Airport authorities had said that all flight operations will remain suspended till 2 pm this afternoon.
 
However, hours later, it was decided that the airport would remain closed for the next three days.
 
The decision to suspend the operations was taken after shutters of the two dams of the Idukki water reservoir, were opened last evening to release excess water.
 
Kerala, battered by heavy rain and landslides, is seeing its worst monsoon in almost a century in terms of its sheer devastating impact, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said.
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