Monday, 10 December, 2018

33 dead in Quebec heat wave

Health officials have said the people who died didn't have air conditioning in their homes and had health issues Health officials have said the people who died didn't have air conditioning in their homes and had health issues
Glenn Montgomery | 09 July, 2018, 05:30

Health officials have said the people who died didn't have air conditioning in their homes and had health issues. However, he said public health officials believe the death toll may rise depending on how people adjust after such extreme temperatures.

A blistering heat swept through parts of Canada this week, killing 54 people in the province of Quebec, according to health officials.

Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness.

"A lot of them have a chronic disease condition", said Dr. Mylene Drouin, head of the regional health authority. The temperature of the air in their homes reached 38 degrees.

So far, 18 of the 33 deaths have been in Montreal, the most populous city in the province, with other deaths in surrounding regions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Wednesday: "My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died in Quebec during this heat wave, ".

Neighbouring Ontario has also been coping with high temperatures but no deaths have been reported there.

According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems.

Meteorological service of Canada reported that the temperature in Montreal and the surrounding area by the evening of July 6 will drop to +13 °C.

Urgences-sante says it has been inundated by the volume of calls - 1,200 calls per day in Montreal and nearby Laval over the past four days, which is 30 per cent more than usual on busy days.

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