The flood situation worsened in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where another 27 people lost their lives in the past 24 hours, rising to 67 in a week of heavy rainfall.
While the landslides caused great damage and death in the northern districts of the territory, the floods of the rivers submerged zones in the center of Kerala.
The country’s Meteorology Department predicted that heavy rains accompanied by gusts of wind will continue until Saturday in Kerala, where a red alert was issued in the 14 districts of the southern state, reported the All India Radio station website.
The flight operations are suspended and the Kochi airport will remain closed until Saturday after the water entered the facility.
In the Pathanamthitta district, where hundreds of inhabitants are stranded due to heavy floods, rescue operations led by the Army continue.
The spillways of 35 of the 39 dams were opened, while the 44 rivers of the region are overflowing.
The services of trains are interrupted and the transport by road works disorderly with submerged sections under waters.
A landslide between the Kuzhithurai and Eraniel stations delayed four long-distance trains, railway sources said, adding that some passenger trains were partially affected.
Officials said they were declared holidays for educational institutions, while colleges and universities postponed exams.
In addition, the power supply, communication systems and distribution of drinking water continue to be interrupted in various parts of the state.
The state government requested the assistance of more teams of military personnel, the National Disaster Response Force and Army Engineering.
The main tourist centers, including Athirappally, Ponmudi and Munnar, which were expecting a large influx of visitors in the wake of the Onam festival season, are closed.
More than 81 people were rescued yesterday and received food and shelter in a shelter camp. A medical inspection room was established with civil assistance to provide first aid to those rescued.