Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Lok Sabha elections: 7 collapse and die amidst intense heat in Kerala

At least seven persons collapsed and died in different parts of Kerala after voting in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 started on Friday.

A 68-year-old voter named Chandran collapsed after casting his vote Ottapalam, Palakkad. Though he was rushed to hospital , he was declared dead on arrival. Ottapalam recorded a temperature of 38 degress Celsius and 39% humidity on Friday.

Another Person, Kumbottayil Kandan (73) from Vilayodi, collapsed and died while resting post-voting. Palakkad had recorded a high temperature of 40 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

In Tirur in Malappuram district, a 63-year-old madrassa teacher, Alikkannakkal Tharakkal Siddhique, collapsed and died after returning home from voting in the Lok Sabha elections. Tirur recorded a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius and humidity levels of 60% on Friday.

Left candidate’s polling agent Anees Ahmed (66) was rushed to hospital after he collapsed in Kozhikode Town’s booth number 16 but could not be saved. The mercury level of 33 degrees Celsius in Kozhikode was accompanied by 61% humidity on Friday.

A 76-year-old-man died in Alappuzha district’s Ambalappuzha died after returning home from voting. Ambalappuzha saw a temperature of 33 degrees Celsius and humidity levels of 68% on Friday.

Voter turnout was around 58.52% as of 4.30 pm in Kerala. All 20 constituencies are voting in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha polls.

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