Heavy rain continued to batter the state of Kerala on Wednesday prompting authorities to shut down operations at the Cochin international airport till 2 pm. The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a fresh red alert for the entire state for the next 24 hours.

Authorities said the toll from rain-related incidents had risen to 47 since Friday. District officials have declared a holiday for educational institutions in Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad, Kottayam and Thrissur.

Here are a few images from across the state over the last 24 hours.

Fire and rescue personnel evacuate residents from a flooded area at Muppathadam in Ernakulam district. (Photo credit: AFP)
Fire and rescue personnel evacuate residents from a flooded area at Muppathadam in Ernakulam district. (Photo credit: AFP)

The weather department warned of heavy rain accompanied with gusty winds with a speed up to 60 km per hour in all the 14 districts of the state, PTI reported.

A man stranded in a flood-affected area in Kerala (Photo credit: Indian Army/Twitter)
A man stranded in a flood-affected area in Kerala (Photo credit: Indian Army/Twitter)
Visuals of a flooded Cochin International airport (Photo credit: AFP)
Visuals of a flooded Cochin International airport (Photo credit: AFP)

A state government spokesperson said Kerala will request the Civil Aviation Ministry for permission to allow smaller aircraft to land at the Cochin International Airport, PTI reported. Kerala will request the ministry for permission to reroute flights scheduled to fly out of Kochi to the airports in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapum, the official said.

Fire and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an inflatable boat from a flooded area at Muppathadam near Eloor in Kerala's Ernakulam district. (Photo credit: AFP)
Fire and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in an inflatable boat from a flooded area at Muppathadam near Eloor in Kerala's Ernakulam district. (Photo credit: AFP)

Four National Disaster Response Force teams were airlifted from Pune Airport to Kerala to assist in rescue operations, ANI reported. They are equipped with full-wave rectified equipment and communication equipment.

A flooded Pampa Manalpuram on the foothills of Sabarimala on Tuesday (Photo credit: PTI)
A flooded Pampa Manalpuram on the foothills of Sabarimala on Tuesday (Photo credit: PTI)
Pedestrians and motorist make their way through a flooded street in Kozhikode on Tuesday (Photo credit: IANS)
Pedestrians and motorist make their way through a flooded street in Kozhikode on Tuesday (Photo credit: IANS)

Travancore Devaswom Board issued a warning to Sabarimala pilgrims not to visit the shrine until further notice, reports Mathrubhumi. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has stopped bus services to Pampa.