Snooker's Indian Open has been postponed following flooding in the south of the country which has claimed hundreds of lives.

Over 400 people have died due to floods during the last three months in the state of Kerala, which has struggled to cope with monsoon rain.

World Snooker said it would look to return to Kochi, a major city in Kerala, when the time is right. The ranking tournament was due to be held there from September 18 to 22, with John Higgins the defending champion.

A statement from the tour read: "It is with regret that we must announce that the decision has been taken to postpone the upcoming Indian Open in Kochi due to the flooding in the Kerala region.

"We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of life and suffering in the area and our thoughts are with the people of India at this difficult time."

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn called the flooding "horrendous" and added: "There is no doubt in our mind that we will take our sport to this region at a more appropriate time in support of the people of Kerala."