More Sun Strokes in Kerala Mercury Rises

Published on: 12 Apr, 2013
Published under: Kerala Weather News

11 April 2013

Kerala as the state continued to reel under a scorching summer that is threatening its electric power supplies in the coming months.A police constable in Punalur, identified as Thomas, collapsed from sunstroke at the Punalur police station today. The incident comes just a day after three policemen in Adoor, including an assistant sub-inspector of police, suffered sunstroke on Wednesday.

The hot summer and the water crisis came up for discussion in the state assembly this week. Chief minister Oommen Chandy said Rs1.59 billion (Dh107 million) had already been sanctioned by the government for necessary measures to tackle the situation. The chief minister reminded legislators that the state was facing the worst drought situation in the state’s history, with temperatures rising to as high as 41 degree Celsius as early as in April.

The chief minister said district authorities had been informed to enhance emergency services, including supply of drinking water. Meteorological department authorities in the state have been quoted as saying that the state is experiencing an average increase in temperature of 1.5 degree Celsius compared to last year.As a precautionary measure, labour department authorities have directed a three-hour break for those who work outside from noon-3pm.

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