Heatwave in Canada kills 33 people in a week as temperatures rise

Montréal

Montréal

A heat wave in Quebec has killed almost three dozen, some reports said, as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada.

While the stifling weather also blanketed Ontario and parts of Atlantic Canada, no deaths have been reported elsewhere, in part because various jurisdictions have different ways of gathering data on heat-related fatalities.

According to David Kaiser of the Department of public health of Montreal, all the victims did not have air conditioning at home and suffered from various illnesses. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days - for themselves as well as those close to them".

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.

Environment Canada issued a smog warning as "high concentrations of pollutants are expected to persist through the night".

Metropolitan health authorities said, most numbers of deaths have been recorded in the Montreal area.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died in Quebec during this heat wave." tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Large parts of Ontario have experienced similarly sweltering conditions this week, though unlike Quebec no deaths have been reported there. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

Urgences-sante says it has been inundated by the volume of calls - 1,200 calls per day in Montreal and nearby Laval over the past four days, which is 30 per cent more than usual on busy days.

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