Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Death toll rises to 34 in Canadian heat wave

Death toll rises to 34 in Canadian heat wave

Public health officials said the number of heat-related deaths has now jumped to 33.

Kaiser said the social aspect - living alone and not having another place to go to cool down - typically plays a major role in heat-related deaths in the city.

Most of the victims in Montreal were men in their 50s or older, and living in vulnerable conditions without air conditioning, regional public health director Mylene Drouin has said.

The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celcius with high humidity. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days - for themselves as well as those close to them".

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"High concentrations of pollutants are expected to persist through tonight", the agency says, noting smog is especially hard on asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease.

The canadian province of Quebec has covered a heat wave.

"What we know is, first they have heat stroke".

Charlebois, meanwhile, was asked about complaints from patients groups and health workers that some facilities are not equipped with air conditioning.

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Across southern Quebec, public officials have been urging citizens to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses while, at the same time, keeping an eye on friends, family and neighbours.

Environment Canada lifted heat warnings for the regions, including Quebec, for the next several days.

In Montreal was 28 deaths, in the Mauricie region killed 7 people, in the regions of Laval, Laurentide and Lanode - 1 fatal case, in Estrie, nine people were killed, and of Monteria - six.

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