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17/08/2018 1:38 PM IST | Updated 18/08/2018 7:00 PM IST

UPDATE: Kerala Floods Death Toll Rises To 194

Nearly 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

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Indian rescuers conduct rescue operations after a landslide at Kuttampuzha village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala on August 9, 2018.

The death toll from Kerala's worst floods in a century has risen to 194, according to the control room of the State Disaster Management.

According to reports, nearly 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps across the state which faces its worst flood in 100 years

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, making a donation towards relief and rescue efforts.

The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in 13 of 14 districts in the state.

The Met department in Trivandrum, however, has predicted that the intensity of the rain will reduce by Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala on Friday evening and undertake an aerial survey the next day.

Vijayan tweeted on Friday he has requested for send more "central forces and choppers for rescue work", and that Modi has assured immediate help.

Torrential rains have disrupted normal life, destroyed crops and affected air, rail and road traffic in the state over the past two weeks. Reuters reported the Kochi airport is likely to remain shut till August 26 because of flooding and flights were being diverted to the two other airports of the state.

Mathrubhumi reported that the volume of water being released from Idukki dam may be increased after the water level in the dam neared 2,403 feet.

Several states have announced relief packages for flood-hit Kerala

Maharashtra govt. to give Rs 20 crore as immediate assistance.

Madhya Pradesh releases Rs 10 crores.

Uttar Pradesh govt. announces Rs 15 crores from CM's relief fund.

Gujarat announces Rs 10 crores from CM's relief fund.

Bihar government releases Rs 10 crore as contribution for flood-hit Kerala

Jhakhand announces Rs 5 crore aid for rain-battered Kerala

Visit https://keralarescue.in/ to find out how you can help the state. You can also donate to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund here.