Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

TRIVANDRUM, India (AP) — Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged.

Heavy rains hit parts of the state again Saturday morning, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas. Many have seen no help for days and can only be reached by boat or helicopter.

More than 300,000 people have taken shelter in over 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. But authorities said they were being inundated with calls for assistance, local media reported.

"We are receiving multiple repetitive rescue requests," the office of the state's top official, Pinarayi Vijayan, said Friday in a tweet, asking those in need to provide their exact location and nearby landmarks so rescuers can find them.

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Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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. REUTERS/Sivaram V
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Flood victims rest inside a university classroom, which is converted into a temporary relief camp in Kochi in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
A woman cries as she holds her son after they were evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescuers help a woman to move through a water-logged road after she was evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: People wade through the flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: A view of submerged market and houses due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: People are seen taking information about their relatives at a rescue camp in a school at Panadala on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Women sorting out the relief material at a flood rescue camp at a school in Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: People stranded because flood waters at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: People wade through the chest deep flood waters to their marooned houses at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Flood victims and residents staying at a rescue camp in a school at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: A view of a car workshop submerged due to flood waters at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: A man carrying a child through the flood waters to a safe place at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Flood victims and residents get their health check up done at a rescue camp in a school at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: People push vehicles stuck in the flood waters at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents pulling a boat to rescue the stranded people due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Flood victims and residents get their health check up done at a rescue camp in a school at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents pulling a boat to rescue the stranded people due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 18: Local fishermen, volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate residents through a boat due to floods at Panadala, on August 18, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Indian Navy personnel provide food and drinking water at a flooded area in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Navy personnel provide food and drinking water at a flooded area in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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 on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
View of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian People are airlifted by Navy personnel during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Paravoor near Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Indian People are airlifted by Navy personnel during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Paravoor near Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian People are airlifted by Navy personnel during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Paravoor near Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 18, 2018. - Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on August 18 to reach stranded villages in India's Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial view taken on August 18, 2018 shows a seawall (R) at Otsuchi bay of Pacific Ocean and the newly built Kamaishi Recovery Memorial stadium (top L), one of the 2019 Rugby World Cup venues, which stands on the ground of two local schools that were completely flooded in the 2011 tsunami on the northeast coast of Japan. (Photo by Quentin TYBERGHIEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read QUENTIN TYBERGHIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian villagers pass next to a house destroyed by a landslide at Kannapanakundu village in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial view taken on August 18, 2018 shows the Otsuchi bay of Pacific Ocean and the newly built Kamaishi Recovery Memorial stadium (Top L), one of the 2019 Rugby World Cup venues, which stands on the ground of two local schools that were completely flooded in the 2011 tsunami on the northeast coast of Japan. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Indian people look at a houses destroyed by a landslide at Kannapanakundu village, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian villager looks at the overflowing Kannappanakundu river in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian people look at a loader machine removing boulders and blockage moved by a landslide at Mattikunnu village in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mujeeb 31, a tipper truck driver sits in front of his newly constructed house which was destroyed by a landslide at Mattikunnu village in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian people look at a loader machine removing boulders and blockage moved by a landslide at Mattikunnu village in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian people look at a loader machine removing boulders and blockage moved by a landslide at Mattikunnu village in Kozhikode district, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A house destroyed by a landslide is pictured at Kannapanakundu village, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian people look at a houses destroyed by a landslide at Kannapanakundu village, about 422 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 18, 2018. - Pressure intensified on August 18 to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Stranded people waiting for the rescue during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Stranded people waiting for the rescue during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: A truck carrying the boat through a flooded road at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: People carrying a lady to safer place during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Stranded people waiting for the rescue during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: People carrying their belongings to safer place during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Ambulance wading through a flooded road at Pandalam on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Police officer on motorized boat looking for stranded people to rescue during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: People hold each-others hand as they wade through flood water to a safer place during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: A truck carrying flood victims to a safer place during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: People gathered at a place to be rescued during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Trucks carrying the boat for the rescue operation during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: People hold each-others hand as they wade through flood water to a safer place during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Trucks deployed in rescue operation during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA - AUGUST 17: Trucks carrying the boat for the rescue operation during flood at Pandalam, on August 17, 2018 in district Pathanamthitta, India. The flooding, described by the chief minister as the worst in nearly a century, began shortly after August 8 when a spell on unusually heavy rain began. In this period, nearly 222 people have died and around 350,000 have been taken to relief camps. Officials said 67 helicopters, 24 aeroplanes and 548 motorboats have fanned out across Kerala in what has turned into one of the biggest rescue operations to be carried out in India. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Officials have called it the worst flooding in Kerala in a century, with rainfall in some areas well over double that of a typical monsoon season.

The downpours that started Aug. 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches.

Officials estimate more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged. One of the state's major airports, in the city of Kochi, has been closed.

Meteorologists expect the rains to ease up over the next few days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saturday with the state's top officials, promising more than $70 million in aid. While the central government has dispatched multiple military units to Kerala, state officials are pleading for additional help.

"Please ask Modi to give us helicopters, give us helicopters. ... Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

Modi said 38 helicopters had been deployed for search and rescue operations in the state, which has a population of more than 33 million.

"We all pray for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala," he said in a tweet.

Initial storm damage estimates were nearly $2.8 billion, Vijayan said.

India's navy said it airlifted a pregnant woman from the floods on Thursday in Kerala and she gave birth to a boy shortly after the rescue. A doctor was lowered to assess the woman before she was lifted into a helicopter, the navy said.

At least 194 people have died in the flooding and 36 more are missing, according to Kerala's disaster management office.

More than 1,000 people have died in seven Indian states since the start of this year's monsoon season, including more than 300 in Kerala.

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