Earlier in the day, the rain in Kochi forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel a planned aerial survey of the situation in the state.
"Please give us a helicopter".
North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods with the worldwide airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least August 26. He also announced an urgent relief of Rs 500 crore for relief and rescue operations in the state.
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) officials said on Friday evening that 2,600 villages have been flooded. He also assured the State Government that relief materials including foodgrains, medicines etc would be provided, as requested. "Rescuing those who are trapped remains the topmost priority", he said.
The state would also be supported by various Central schemes such as MGNREGA, PM Awas Yojana, he said.
The NCMC review meeting also made a decision to restore power lines, petrol pumps, LPG, health facilities and necessary medicines, food and fodder etc. The Prime minister will be travelling back to Delhi by 10.30 am from Kochi.
UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took to Twitter to make the announcement and urged "everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative".
United Nations secretary-general chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the flooding and extensive damage and displacement caused in rain-battered Kerala.
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Chengannur in Pathnamthitta, Chalakudy in Thrissur and various parts of Ernakulam district are among the worst hit where rescue efforts are likely to be concentrated today.
"More helicopters, boats and other equipment are being sought and Modi promised to provide all of these as fast as possible", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Please help me, people in my place will die.
"The thing that is really needed, ironically, is water". People need to be airlifted urgently. The army, navy and coastguarde were involved with the evacuation. "Things are under control", said Vijayan, whose government was flayed by Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala for failing to take up rescue and relief work effectively.
At least 220,000 people displaced from across the state are taking shelter in more than 1,500 relief camps.
Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. The maximum death toll has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates.
The weather office warned of more heavy "red" category rains on Saturday as tens of thousands of people were still stuck on the rooftops of houses and community centres.
Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as almost 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed.