Record-breaking heat wave kills 33 people in Quebec

Cheryl Sanders
July 8, 2018

Kaiser said one reason Quebec has been reporting so many deaths is because it's part of the province's extreme heat plan, where health officials work in tandem with first responders and emergency rooms to track down potential cases of heat-related illnesses and deaths.

The steamy conditions that have prevailed in Central and Eastern Canada for several days have contributed to 33 deaths in Quebec, health officials said Thursday.

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.

The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celcius with high humidity.

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

The death toll climbed every day this week, with most of the victims between the ages of 50 to 85.

Officials urge people to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade, to go to the neighbors and be interested in their health.

"If you know people with respiratory problems or people who are elderly, don't hesitate to visit them or give them a phone call to see if they need anything", she said at a committee meeting.

A smog warning is also in effect for those areas as, Environment Canada states, high concentrations of ozone are expected and will result in poor air quality.

According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems. The doctors of "ambulance" daily receive 1.2 thousand calls in Montreal.

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