Record-breaking heat wave kills 33 people in Quebec

10 July, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to David Kaiser of Montreal's public health department. And alarming numbers show a rising death toll in Canada related to the heat.

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

Despite a decrease in humidity, the level of danger remains high.

The canadian province of Quebec has covered a heat wave.

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

To help residents, the city introduced a plan of emergency response, which includes the extension of the public swimming pools, free distribution of water and bypass the firefighters vulnerable categories of citizens.

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Most of the victims linked to the "overwhelming heat" were in the Montreal area, which recorded 28 fatalities, metropolitan health authorities told AFP in an email.

"Looking at the weather forecast, we are waiting for a return to normal in the coming hours", said Health Ministry spokeswoman Noemie Vanheuverzwijn.

Eighteen of the dead were reported in Quebec's provincial capital Montreal, according to regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

People with chronic illness are particularly at risk, said Nicola Dulisse, head of Urgences-sante.

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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