The home ministry announced separately that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June. Some 350,000 people have been left homeless and taken shelter in relief camps.
"The prime minister is reviewing the flood situation in Kerala at a high-level meeting".
At least 194 people have died in flooding in Kerala since torrential rains began on August 8, and 36 more are missing, according to Kerala's disaster management office. An adviser to the state's chief minister put the initial loss estimate at US$4 billion.
The Navy and the Air Force have been conducting several rescue operations in areas where people have been stranded due to water rising to unsafe levels.
'We are deploying more boats and army to ramp up rescue operations, ' senior state government official P.H. Kurian said.
The Union government's response to the crisis in Kerala, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of Rs 500-crore financial aid to the state, triggered a backlash from the Opposition that accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not doing enough.
As reported earlier, the Kerala Chief Secretary had requested for motorised boats to reach people marooned in flood-affected areas. Initial storm damage estimates were almost $2.8 billion, Vijayan said.
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"We are looking at one of the worst floods Kerala has seen in the last hundred years or so, and now the death toll has been going up".
Journalist Nikhila Henry said, "Red alert in all 14 districts; thousands crying out for their lives, 35 dams opened, the fourth busiest airport in the country remains closed; still this has not been declared as a national calamity; isn't it because Kerala is not part of India?", reports Firstpost.
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Over 2 lakh people in Thrissur district are in relief camps, he said. "The bank is also working on the possibility of starting operations through temporary premises after taking stock of the overall situation", it said.
An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala.
This was due to closure of the Kochi International airport till August 26 following flooding of the runway and airport areas in the heavy rains.
Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river.