Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the people of the rain-ravaged Kerala for their "fighting spirit" and said today the nation stands firmly with the state in this hour.
He conducted an aerial survey of some of the areas affected by flood.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister KJ Alphons accompanied the prime minister during the aerial survey.
"I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit... the nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour," PM Modi said in a series of tweets after chairing a high-level meeting to review the flood situation.
I salute the people of Kerala for their fighting spirit. I compliment the authorities for their efforts in this adverse situation.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
I would also like to appreciate the wide support and solidarity from people across India towards Kerala during this unprecedented situation.
The prime minister said his thoughts were with those who have lost their lives in the deluge and hoped that the injured would recover soon.
"My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives due to incessant flooding across Kerala. I hope the injured recover at the earliest. We all pray for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala," he tweeted.
PM Modi also complimented the authorities for their efforts in the adverse situation and appreciated the wide support and solidarity extended by people from across the country for Kerala during the "unprecedented" situation.
As per information from the control room of the State Disaster Management, since August 8, 194 people have lost their lives and 36 are missing.
Over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.