Thursday, July 05, 2018

At least 19 people die in Canada heatwave

heatwave in Quebec
A heatwave in Quebec has killed at least 19 people in the past week as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada, according to health officials.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province's capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

The Tribune newspaper said five of the deaths occurred in the past 48 hours in the Eastern Townships, a rural area just east of the city.

And late last night two more deaths blamed on the heat were recorded in a Montreal suburb, Radio Canada reported.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

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  1. 21 dead in Canadian heat wave...

    The worst heat wave in decades has claimed 21 lives in Canada with another day of scorching temperatures and related smog expected Thursday.

    The province of Quebec was hit with highs of 86 F plus temperatures (30 C) beginning June 29 with accompanying humidex levels of between 104 F – 113 F (40 C -45 C).

    The most affected areas are in the Montreal region and firefighters and police there have knocked on 15,000 doors in the past week to check on the welfare of residents.

    The victims who succumbed to the heat were between the ages of 50 and 80 and did not have air conditioning in their residences and lived alone in apartments, officials said.


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