With Kerala recording unusually high temperatures and drought conditions so far this summer, two persons died of sunstroke on Friday, taking the toll to eight so far this season. According to the state health department, 160 cases of sunburns have been reported so far.
Mercury has been rising alarmingly in Kerala, with Malampuzha in Palakkad district recording 41.9 degree Celsius two days back. This was the highest temperature recorded in the state in recent years.
On Friday, V Joy, 65, of Alakkodu in Kannur district, was found dead with sunburns. Joy, a coconut climber, reportedly collapsed in an open place around 11 am but people noticed him only after 1. 30 pm. Quoting locals, the police said Joy known to consume alcohol, which might have accelerated dehydration.
In Kottayam, Sabu, 43, a native of Kaduthuruthi, sustained sunstroke while fishing in a waterbody, reports said. He returned to the shore and was later found dead.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to families of both victims. The government has requested the PM to declare the state as drought-hit after relaxing norms in the manual for drought management.
CM Oommen Chandy said the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast a heat wave and high temperatures until May 19.
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