The soaring temperature has claimed two lives in Kerala, in separate instances in the past two days. These are the first casualties of sunstroke in the state this year. 

The deceased were identified as Subhash, 56 from Cheravally in Alappuzha and Raghu, 52, of Vellangallur in Thrissur. 

Dead body of Subhash was found behind a workshop at Kayamkulam on Friday afternoon with sun burn injuries.  The officials are yet to confirm that the death was actually caused by sunstroke.  

Raghu was found dead in an open space near his house at Vellangallur on Wednesday afternoon. He had sun burns all over his body. 

 Normally, Kerala registers a maximum temperature of 34.2 degrees Celsius in March, 34.1 in April and 32.9 in May. But this year the temperature is two degrees above normal compared to previous years.