Friday, August 14, 2015

Death toll rises to 76 in Egypt’s heatwave

Fifteen more people died earlier this week after a heat wave set temperatures in Egypt soaring, raising the death toll to 76, the country’s health ministry said in a statement, state-run paper al-Ahram reported on Thursday.

The ministry said six of the deaths were in the crowded capital Cairo, adding that most of those killed were elderly.

In addition, 187 people, who were admitted to hospitals in other provinces, after suffering from fatigue.

High humidity levels worsened sweltering temperatures of up to 47 degrees Celsius in Egypt, killing at least 61 people between Sunday and Tuesday last week.

Some regional meteorologists are warning that the mercury could yet rise to unprecedented levels.


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  1. 11 more die due to Egypt's heatwave, bringing overall death toll to 87...

    Eleven people died in Egyptian hospitals on Thursday due to hot weather, raising the total death toll this week due to the current heatwave to 87, according to the health ministry.

    On Thursday, 302 people were admitted to hospitals in the governorates of Cairo, Qena, Sohag, Giza, Qalioubiya and Assuit due to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, Hossam Abdel-Ghafer, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Health told Ahram Online on Friday.

    One hundred and forty-two people were treated and left hospital on the same day, while 149 are still under observation.

    The eleven patients who died were mostly elderly, Abdel-Ghafer said.

    August is normally a hot month in Egypt, but temperatures have been higher than average over the past few days, soaring to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in Upper Egypt governorates and 40 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) in Cairo.

    According to Egypt’s Meteorological Authority, the current heat wave will end by 20 August.

    The Ministry of Health advises the elderly, the sick, and children to avoid direct exposure to the sun, as they are the most vulnerable to sunstroke.


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