Amid heavy rainfall in Kerala, operations at the Cochin International Airport in Kochi were suspended till Sunday 3 pm. The official Twitter handle of Kerala CM tweeted, "CIAL has informed that the operations of the Cochin International Airport, Kochi (COK) will remain suspended till 1500 hrs of Sunday (11/08/2019)." The Kerala government has also declared a holiday for Friday for all the schools across the state today.
"As the apron area is water logged due to the flood, all aircraft operations suspended at Kochi airport till 3PM on Sunday (11/08/19). Emergency contact numbers: 0484 3053500, 9072604009," a statement issued on Thursday by the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) said.
Earlier on Thursday, flight operations were suspended for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains.
The operations were suspended as there was a rise in water levels in Periyar river and a canal adjacent to the airport.
The Kerala Disaster Management Authority had also issued a 'Red Alert' warning for Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. Moreover, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod were issued 'Orange Alerts'.
Heavy rains have been battering Kerala for the past few days. Eight people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state on Thursday, bringing back memories of last year's devastating floods.
The airport was closed for several days in the huge floods that took place in August 2018. Airport infrastructure was damaged in the floods, with an estimated loss of ₹220-250 crore.