Fuel was also scarce because some districts had been cut off from the rest of the state, the official said.
Around 115 people have died over the past three days in a fresh spate of floods in India, this time in several states located along the western coast, including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, said media reports on Sunday. However, orange warning - orange indicating be alert and prepared - has been issued for six districts for Monday, August 12.
Maharashtra and Karnataka state have reported 29 and 24 deaths, respectively so far.
Authorities remain anxious that rescue operations would be hit by thunderstorms and rainfall predicted in some parts of Kerala.
The flood situation is said to have worsened in Karnataka too where the death toll rose to 26 in rain-related incidents.
Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September are a crucial lifeline for agrarian Indian society, delivering 70% of the country's rainfall, but they also bring in their wake death and destruction every year.
India's monsoon season between June and September sees heavy rains which are vital for agriculture but cause enormous destruction and loss of life. Near-constant rainfall over the last two days has caused massive flooding in several parts of the coastal state.
India's main opposition Congress party on Sunday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide relief packages.
Meanwhile, heavy rains on Friday created havoc for the residents of Chamoli district in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand as well.
At least 57 people were reported dead until Saturday in Kerala and over a lakh were shifted to relief camps. The water level of Pamba river is rising.
Worryingly, a total of 68 persons - 59, including 20 children at Kavalappara, and nine at Puthumala - are still missing almost three days after the landslides.
People are being evacuated after authorities opened the gates of Idamalayar, Cheruthoni and Mullaperiyar dams to prevent potentially disastrous breaches. Also held a meeting with senior officials to review the relief operations. "We are trying to use air force helicopters to drop food to them".
Heavy rain is continuing in Wayanad, hampering the rescue efforts, the officials said. Relief materials are reaching the affected areas from some parts of the state.