"Around 26 people moved into the first floor of our home" to take refuge from the floods, he said.
Incessant downpours since August 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state, and close to 200 people have perished in the rising waters and landslides.
People waiting to receive food inside a Kochi college auditorium that was converted into a temporary relief camp. We were not able to reach many places. "Keeping in view of the intensity and magnitude of the floods and landslides in Kerala, this is a calamity of a severe nature for all practical purposes", a home ministry official said.
At Kerala's Cochin International Airport, runways are underwater and it is expected to remain closed until August 26.
Tens of thousands of people in Chengannur and surrounding towns and villages are relying on community kitchens for meals, after water from hilly districts in Kerala's north poured down into lowland regions.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates, where many Keralites work, said he had formed a committee to extend emergency assistance to the flood victims of the state, whose people he said "have always been and are still part of our success story".
According to a lawmaker in Pathanamthitta district, some 10,000 people were stranded and in grave danger unless they were rescued urgently.
Indian residents carry their belongings as they walk down a train track in Chenagannur following widespread flooding in the south Indian state of Kerala on August 19, 2018.
The relief commissioner of Kerala, PH Kurian, told the BBC on Monday that authorities had now rescued more than 200,000 people. The operations at Kochi airport have been suspended till August 18. The INS Garuda naval base in Kochi opened to commercial flights for the first time in almost 2 decades.
After devastating floods, the state will need much more and take much longer to recover.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday "a new Kerala" needed to be built following the widespread destruction.
Responding to the statement of former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony in this regard, the senior BJP leader said the Disaster Management Act was passed when the Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre.
Traders had stocked up before the Hindu harvest festival of Onam on Saturday, the chief minister said.
Our aim is not merely a restoration of the State to pre-flood times but the creation of a new Kerala. The state also is a recipient of one of the highest amounts of remittances from NRIs, who will most likely be a major help in overturning the economic damage.
Kerala has cancelled all official celebrations of what is usually its biggest festive event. My son is bedridden.
"They went home to visit their families, now they are trapped there".
"It was only by luck that we got back here", she added.