An abnormal rise in temperature over the last few days has left Kerala sweating and the Indian Meteorological Department has warned of a heat wave in five districts over the next three days.
Three lives were lost supposedly due to the heat wave and 10 people suffered burn injuries on Sunday.
Five districts in the State - Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur - were likely to witness a heat wave. In majority of the districts a two to three degree increase above normal temperature till March 26 has been predicted, according to an IMD statement. This comes after the State witnessed the worst ever floods in August.
The health department has said 118 persons suffered sunburns in March alone. On Sunday, a 42-year-old man from Parassala in Thiruvanthapuram died and a 60-year-old man was found in Kannur with sunburns.
A 42-year-old woman at Kalady in Ernakulam died of suspected sun stroke.
The rising temperature has affected even poll campaign. In Kollam, an RSP worker engaged in campaigning suffered burns.
The health department has warned people against getting exposed directly to sunlight between 11 am and 3 pm. Work time for those directly exposed to sunlight has been regulated. People have been advised to drink sufficient quantity of water.