Currently, Monsoon surge is active over the state of Kerala as a cyclonic circulation is seen over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area in the mid-levels. State officials said a total of 53,501 people are now housed in 439 relief camps across the state.
Eight columns of the Army have been deployed in different parts of the state.
The incessant rains also disrupted landing operations at the worldwide airport in Kochi for almost two hours in view of the possible inundation in the airport area following a rising water level in the Periyar river, flowing nearby.
Access to many of these places are hard and is affecting the rescue operations.
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Talking to reporters here after a review meeting, the chief minister said the flood situation was "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams have been opened at a time following the water level reaching their respective maximum. As the water level continued to rise in the reservoir, two more shutterd were opened later.
The army, which has been deployed in the flood-hit areas in Kerala, will be evacuating the tourists using helicopters.
Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode.
One shutter was opened yesterday after a gap of 26 years.
Terming the situation particularly grave and unprecedented, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all his official engagements till Sunday to assume a central role in relief and rescue efforts.
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Reservoirs of as many as 24 of the state's 58 dams were full to the brim, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir.
"The haphazard development along the streams has affected the natural flow of rivers, which is a challenge right now", he said.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA) situation report, since the beginning of the monsoon season 14 districts in the state have been affected by floods comprising over 2,000 villages.
"The operational area is intact". The government has asked tourists not to go to high-range areas and dam sites.
In Palakkad district, the flood waters have started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam has been reduced and Palakkad town is limping back to normal.
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Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, several are missing, with incessant rains for more than 48 hours in some areas inundating hectares of low-lying land, authorities said.