Flights in and out of the Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala were cancelled for three days on Wednesday as severe monsoon flooding ravaged the region.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office announced on Twitter that Kochi International Airport — the main gateway to the region — would be closed until Saturday “due to heavy rains and resultant flooding.”

A heavy rainfall “red alert” has been issued across much of the state, which is home to around 33 million people,.

At least 39 people have been killed in the past three weeks and more than 50,000 displaced in an area famed for its palm-lined beaches and tea plantations.

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