On a day the Prime Minister made an aerial recce of flood-battered Kerala and the sun peeped out for a bit from behind the clouds, the state appeared to be staring at an epidemic outbreak.
He said the teams, till now, have rescued 194 persons and 12 animals while it has evacuated a total of 10,467 persons.
Mr Singh said the Red Cross is doing everything possible to help - providing clothes, food and support to those now living in camps - but that "there is a lot more that will have to be done in short and long-term". "We did not have any food for the last four days and there was neck deep water all around", said a woman survivor in a relief camp at Ranni in Pathanamthitta district.
With no end in sight to the deluge, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they can not make contact with rescue services.
Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, said in a tweet he was on his way to Kerala on Friday night "to take stock of the flood situation in the state". The donations will be directed to the CMDRF to expedite post-emergency recovery and rehabilitation work in the flood-ravaged areas and districts across Kerala.
Some 300,000 people have taken shelter in more than 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. "Please, please!" state legislator Saji Cherian said on a Kerala-based TV news channel, the Indian Express newspaper reported.
Heavy rain continued in parts of south and central Kerala on Saturday morning even as the state reels under unprecedented floods that have left over 150 dead in the past three days.
Another pilot, Captain P. Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.
Food Minister P Thilothaman, camping at Chengannur, told the media: "The need of the hour is to provide food packets and drinking water to the people". Along with personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF, hundreds of fishermen and local people are engaged in relief operations. The floods have also resulted in deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam and Nagaland.
State officials said they expected the number to rise further as more landslides were reported and as dam and reservoir levels remained dangerously high.
His body was retrieved by comrades early Sunday, said Dibin KS, a Kerala firefighter, in a grim reminder of the perils facing rescuers.
At least 194 people have died in the flooding and 36 more are missing, according to Kerala's disaster management office.