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09 August 2019

Torrential rains cause flooding, evacuations in southern India

Authorities say torrential monsoon rains, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, caused a major landslide and flooding that has cut off some areas, forcing the evacuation of more than twenty-two thousand people.

Flooding also forced authorities to halt all operations from the Cochin International Airport, the busiest airport in Kerala.

Officials said the airport, located along the banks of the Periyar river, will be shut until Sunday morning.

Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said on Twitter the landslide in the hilly district of Munnar was major.

He said authorities were exploring all possible rescue methods.

Indian media reported that at least two people were killed in the landslide, at least seventy houses were destroyed and that dozens more were still feared trapped.

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