Canada heat wave kills 33


Canada heat wave kills 33

While the stifling weather has blanketed other parts of the country, no deaths have been reported elsewhere, but that may be because various jurisdictions have different ways of gathering data on heat-related fatalities.

AT LEAST 34 people have died due to the unprecedented heatwave in eastern Canada this week, according to officials.

Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said none of the deaths in Quebec took place in public health institutions.

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

As well, most had health issues aggravated by the poor air quality that is a byproduct of the excessively high heat and humidity, said Regional Health Authority Dr. Mylene Drouin.

Environment Canada lifted heat warnings Friday, despite expectations that temperatures will once again rise early next week.

The number of dead grew each day this week, and even yesterday, there were 17 deaths today, the toll reached 33 people.

No deaths have been reported for the same period in the province of Ontario.

This is the worst heat wave residents of Quebec have seen in decades.

Police and firefighters also continued to go door to door in areas identified as having people considered at high risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, those who live alone and people without air conditioning at home. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

Montreal-area paramedics weren't expecting a big drop-off in calls on Friday despite the more bearable conditions.

In the largest city of the province - Montreal doctors ambulance has received over the last few days, more than 1200 calls, which is 30% more than usual.



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