Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Soaring temperatures leave 19 more dead across Egypt on Monday (Ministry)

Nineteen people died Monday and 92 others were hospitalised with heat exhaustion as sweltering temperatures continue to batter Egypt, the health ministry said, driving the death toll of this week's heatwave to at least 40.

Eleven people died in the capital city Cairo alone, where the day’s temperature hovered above 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).

Three others died in a mental health hospital in Nile Delta's Qalyubia, three in the southern province of Sohag, one in Upper Egypt's Luxor, and another in Giza, the ministry said in a statement.

Ninety-two people were admitted to the hospital after suffering from heat exhaustion and 70 of those were in Cairo, the statement added.

Twenty-one people died on Sunday after succumbing to heat stroke as a result of temperatures that reached highs of 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit), according to the health ministry's figures.

Meteorological officials said that temperatures in the capital and other parts of the country were higher than averages this time of the year by four to five degrees.

Elevated humidity levels have compounded the effects of high temperatures on citizens.

The Egyptian Metrological Authority spokesman reported that the heatwave is expected to persist throughout the country at least until mid-august.

On Tuesdays, highs are forecasted to reach 38 Celsius degrees in Cairo.

The ministry warned that the elderly, infants, and children are most vulnerable to sunstroke.

It called on Egyptians to avoid going out in the sun. People are advised to wear hats and drink plenty of water or juice throughout the day to stay hydrated.



  1. Egyptian health authorities say at least 40 people have died in the last two days amid a scorching heatwave hitting the country...

    The Health Ministry says that 19 people died Monday when temperatures reached around 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's north. The ministry says the heatwave killed 21 people Sunday.

    The ministry said Tuesday that most of those killed were the elderly. Twenty-six people died in the capital, Cairo, a crowded, sprawling city of at least 18 million. Three who died from the heat were patients in a psychiatric hospital north of Cairo.

    Egyptian summers are usually hot, but an unprecedented heatwave has been baking the region in recent weeks.

    1. Egypt's state news agency says 21 more people have died due to a scorching heat wave, raising this week's death toll to more than 60...

      The official MENA news agency said Wednesday that the latest deaths are from the previous day, mostly elderly people. It says 581 people are in hospital for heat exhaustion.

      The Mideast has been hit by a heat wave since late July. Egyptian summers are usually hot, but temperatures this week soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) in the south.

      At least 40 people had died on Sunday and Monday, including detainees and patients in a psychiatric hospital, according to officials. It wasn't immediately clear whether Tuesday's death toll includes a German national living in the southern city of Luxor who died from heatstroke.


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