Two die of sunstroke, Kerala suspends Anganwadi activities as mercury heads north

According to the IMD and the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, there's a possibility of a heatwave in certain areas in Kollam, Palakkad, and Thrissur districts.


Published Apr 29, 2024 | 12:27 PMUpdatedApr 29, 2024 | 1:40 PM

Heat wave

Two persons—a man in his 50s and an elderly woman—have succumbed to sunstroke in Kerala as the southern state grapples with severe heat conditions, disrupting daily life, officials said on Sunday, 28 April.

Heat-related fatalities were reported in the north Kerala districts of Kannur and Palakkad.

As Kerala battles severe heat, the meteorological department has issued a maximum temperature warning for 12 districts for the upcoming five days.

In response to the escalating temperatures affecting everyday life, the Women and Child Development Department has opted to suspend preschool activities in Anganwadis in the state for a week.

Also Read: Weather agencies issue maximum temperature warning in Kerala

Two deaths 

A Palakkad district health official stated that the 90-year-old woman was found dead in a canal in Elappully village on Sunday, 28 April.

The woman, a dementia patient, had suffered a sunstroke after venturing out of her home.

Her post-mortem revealed burn injuries on her body which confirmed the sunstroke, the health official said.

Last week, a man was found dead with burn injuries in the district, the official added, advising people not to step out of their homes between 11 am and 3 pm.

A health official in Kannur district said a 53-year-old man who was being treated at a private hospital for sunstroke died in the early hours of Sunday.

The man, originally from nearby Mahe, had suffered from sunstroke while involved in digging a well in the Pallur area near Chokli on 26 April, the official said.

He had symptoms of breathlessness and was immediately taken to a primary health center and later shifted to another hospital in Kannur.

His condition worsened on Sunday morning and he died. Although there were no burn injuries on his body, he had other symptoms of sunstroke.

The official confirmed that the case is being treated as a sunstroke-related incident.

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Heatwave in three districts

According to the IMD and the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, there’s a possibility of a heatwave in certain areas in Kollam, Palakkad, and Thrissur districts.

The IMD on Monday, 29 April, declared an Orange alert in Palakkad and a Yellow alert in Kollam and Thrissur districts.

“Maximum temperatures are very likely to be around 41 degrees Celcius in Palakkad district, around 40 degrees Celcius in Kollam & Thrissur districts, around 39 degrees Celcius in Kozhikode district, around 38 degrees Celcius in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta & Kannur districts, around 37 degrees Celcius in Ernakulam, Malappuram & Kasaragod districts and around 36 degrees Celcius in Thiruvananthapuram district (3 to 5 degrees Celcius above normal) during 29 April to 3 May 2024,” the weather agencies said.

These districts are expected to experience hot and humid weather conditions, excluding hilly areas, from 28 April to 3 May, due to elevated temperatures and humidity levels, they added.

Additionally, there is a likelihood of heatwave conditions occurring in one or two locations within the Kollam, Palakkad, and Thrissur districts specifically on Monday, the agencies added.

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