Kochi : Cochin International Airport has temporarily suspended flight operations for four days till August 18 . In a statement, the Kochi airport said, "Kochi Airport operations temporarily suspended till August 18 Saturday, 2 pm since the inflow of water is still on a raising trend. We are working hard to drain out the storm water. All are requested to cooperate."
The decision comes after shutters of two dams of the Idukki water reservoir were opened on Tuesday evening to release excess water. Shutters of dams in Periyar river were also lifted that triggered to flooding in the area. The airport is situated near Periyar river bank. Last night at 2.30 am, shutters of Mullaperiyar dam were opened after water levels rose. People living on the banks of Periyar river were shifted to before the gates were opened.