Pre Monsoon rains still away from Kerala, sunstroke claims three lives

March 25, 2019 2:38 PM |

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Pre-Monsoon rains are still playing hide and seek in Kerala. We can see temperatures observing increasing trend on daily basis, amounting to heatwave in few areas as well. Being a coastal state, the feel like factor is much more on account of high humidity levels.

According to Skymet Weather, we do not expect any relief in near future. In absence of any significant weather system, no rains are likely that could bring down the tempr

In wake of this, weather has become extremely unbearable. On Sunday, two more suspected cases of death due to sunstroke were reported from Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur districts in Kerala. One man was found dead in his paddy field at Ayira, near Parassala while another death was reported from Payyannur.

As Kerala braces for a sweltering week ahead, the number of sunstroke deaths in the state just over the weekend has now risen to three. In Thiruvananthapuram’s Ayira, a 42-year-old man Karunakaran, was found dead in a field. In Eramamakuttur of Kannur, Narayanan, 67, was found dead near his own home. In both the cases, autopsy reports are awaited to determine the actual cause of death, but sunburn marks were reportedly found on both the men.

Even though, the third death reportedly due to sunstroke has been reported from Pathanamthitta, but confirmation is still awaited from the Health Department.

With the mercury level rising and recent incidents, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has instructed government departments to implement essential measures to prevent heatstroke incidents. The KSDMA has also alerted the Health Department to instruct doctors, nurses, health workers, Asha workers and officers.

As per reports by officials, due to sunburn, between March 1 and March 24, as many as 125 persons required medical attention. Of this, 67 cases were reported in the last one week alone. Meantime, the weather agencies have also warned that the maximum temperatures in 11 districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam, are likely to rise by 2˚C to 3˚C on Monday and Tuesday.

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