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Relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala have left thousands of people stranded.

Extending their support to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formed a committee to provide relief to the southern state.

AFP adds: Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain yeserday to reach stranded villages in the state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.

Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year and is "facing the worst floods in 100 years", Mr Vijayan said.

Officials say many houses are irreparably damaged across the state and have warned residents against trying to return to them.

Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides and home and bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala state, a popular tourist destination with scenic landscapes, waterfalls and lovely beaches.

They used more than a dozen helicopters and about 400 boats across the state, relief officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited flood-ravaged Kerala and announced an immediate financial assistance of Rs 500 crore.

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Helicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala.

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. The actor tweeted a letter of donation and captioned it, "I dare you".

Mobile phone operators have been offering free data and SMS messages across Kerala since Saturday to assist with distress calls. "Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

With most of its rivers in spate and dams opened, several areas across four districts have been flooded and people are marooned with no food and water for days now. The devastating floods have so far killed more than 324 people in the Indian state of Kerala.

The worldwide airport, Kochi Airport, remains closed until August 26, officials said in a statement. "Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted", he said.

"Actual losses can be estimated only after the water recedes", Kerala's state information officer said in a statement Sunday.

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.


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