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An aerial view of flooded area in the north part of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on Saturday. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

More than 350 people have been killed and thousands are still stranded by historic flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala, per the BBC, as a result of relentless monsoon rains.

The big picture: The massive floods paralyzed the region's infrastructure, perhaps most dramatically illustrated by the scene at Cochin International Airport, the fourth-largest in India, with floodwaters up to the wings of jets still parked there.

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Trucks carry a boat for rescue operations during the flooding at Pandalam. Photo: Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
An Indian man watches marooned houses on the outskirts of Kozhikode district, in the south Indian state of Kerala. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
The carcass of a cow lies on the side of a road where an elderly woman is carried to safety from the Kerala floodwaters. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
View of a flooded area in the north part of Kochi. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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