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Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

Footage shows the perilous journeys taken during unprecedented floods in Kerala which have left dozens dead

Around 30 people from Pathanamthitta were air-lifted earlier on Thursday and brought to the state capital.

Till Thursday afternoon, 20 fresh deaths - mostly from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Thrissur - were added to the toll that has been rising since August 8. The deluge forced officials to extend the shutdown of Kochi airport up to August 26, as communication networks collapsed in most affected areas. A red alert has been declared in eight out of 14 districts.

"They will be joined by 40 more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and a team of marine commandos, who will reach today and begin their work", Vijayan said. He also reviewed the rescue operations that have been going on in the state.

"Residents in Alwaye, Chalakudy and parts of Ernakulam should listen to the people engaged in rescue operations as things can get worse during the day as the Periyar river is going to carry more water". Food and dry ration has been distributed among them, rescue operation is underway: ANI.

A state disaster management official told AFP: "At least 6,500 people are stranded in different parts of Kerala and the situation in three districts is particularly grim".

Kerala is now in the grip of devastating floods, as at least 75 people have died in various parts of the state.

Indian railways to run special flood-relief trains with army's help to reach the stranded people.

In Kerala families could be seen paddling boats provided by the military, while in some areas families commandeered local wooden boats to ferry themselves to safety.

It has ordered the opening of gates at 34 dams and reservoirs where water levels reached danger levels.

Hundreds of villages have been flooded, more than 10,000km of roads and thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged across the state, officials said.

A member of parliament from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor, shared on Twitter an appeal for help made by a woman who said she was trapped on the third floor of a temple with phone batteries running out.

As devastating floods triggered by incessant rains continue to wreak havoc in Kerala taking the death toll to 167, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning announced of his travel to the state in the evening to take stock of the unfortunate situation. All the stranded people will be saved by this evening. No rescue team reached yet. "Praying for the safety and wellbeing of the people of Kerala".

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