Till Friday afternoon, Aug 17, 13 out of 14 districts in Kerala were under red alert and social media channels are filled with videos seeking for help.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan thanked Sheikh Mohammed on Saturday, calling him a "true friend of Kerala" and saying the "people of Kerala will not forget this kind gesture shown in our time of need". "Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20", said Mritunjay Mohapatra, additional director general, IMD.
After the review, the Prime Minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the State.
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.
In a statement, Modi promised $71.6 million in assistance along with other relief such as food and medicines.
People trapped without food, water and electricity anxious about being left without help as their phone batteries were dying. Multiple agencies-Army, Navy, Airforce and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)-have deployed extensive manpower on the ground in Kerala on the requisition of the state government.
Even while writing this, news has come in of a CPI leader slipping into a canal and dying during rescue operations.
"I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit". I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation.
A supply truck transporting boats to flooded areas moves through a water-logged road in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. "There is no way to communicate with each other". People are literally holding on to their dear life. Despite the Kerala High Court directing to stop quarrying in the land assigned for dwelling, cultivation in the reserve forest, the quarrying activities continue unabashedly, they said in the study.
Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.
The government has convened a meeting of mobile service providers and oil companies to ensure uninterrupted services, especially to support the rescue operations.
Rains subsided on Saturday morning resulting in the water level in Idukki and parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts coming down.
He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago.