Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace.
And thousands of rescuers were working to reach stranded people and get relief supplies to isolated areas by hundreds of boats and almost two dozen helicopters, PH Kurian, a top disaster management official in Kerala, said. Over 1 million people have taken refuge in relief camps.
More than 800,000 people have been displaced in Kerala, as the death toll from the worst flooding to hit the southern Indian state jumped to at least 370, with losses to infrastructure pegged at nearly $3 billion. Heavy rains have battered the state of Kerala for the past month, resulting in one of the worst floods in a century. They work in every strata of the labor force, from taxi drivers to accountants, and run some of the country's most successful enterprises. "It is to inform that as per information received from the State Government of Kerala, 247 human lives have been reported lost and 17,343 houses/huts have been reported damaged due to the floods/landslides in the State during south-west monsoon 2018". The weather department's prediction of no rains in coming 5 days has brought relief for people living in flood-affected people as water began receding from flood-affected areas.
The villagers had all pulled together to rescue people and prevent an even bigger disaster, Mahesh said. Last week on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the region and offered an immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state government. He has also sought more choppers, more army personnel to fasten the rescue operations.
Since August 8, 237 people have died and over 10 lakh people have been displaced.
"The flood has bonded the people like never before, sharing whatever they had". Referring to some messages being circulated on social media denigrating the relief efforts by the government, he said that anyone trying to "pull us down will face serious consequences".
The state's main airport in Kochi remains flooded, so an airstrip at the city's naval base is expected to open for commercial flights from Wednesday, to allow the delivery of more aid.
Hundreds of troops have led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by rising floods.
"They used these huge cooking pots to rescue around 100 people in the first wave of flash floods, as no one was prepared (for a rescue)", one local rescuer told AFP.