33 heat-related deaths reported in Quebec

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

The death toll in a week-long eastern Canadian heat wave has reached 54, officials said today. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

None of the victims had air conditioning, and Kaiser said a lot of them died inside of their homes.

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

A young boy plays at a water fountain in 2010, when a high heat and humidity warning like the one in place now was in effect for several regions in Canada.

"The main objective of getting these declarations of deaths is each case, the public needs to investigate them and understand if there's residual risks in the places where these cases come from and if there's any preventative measures that can be taken", she said.

No deaths had been reported for the same period in the neighboring province of Ontario, which has also sizzled under extremely high temperatures.

She said the province's coroners will investigate each death.

At least 16 people died from the heat in Quebec from the time of occurrence of the extreme weather last Friday.

He cited a case in recent days in which a death in a home for the elderly led authorities to move five other people deemed at risk to a facility equipped with air conditioning.

He said that disadvantaged people who had chronic illnesses or were living alone were particularly vulnerable.

Drouin said ambulance technicans have been very busy, with the Urgences-sante service receiving more than 1,200 calls in Montreal on Wednesday and having to make 695 trips.

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