Dozens dead amid intolerable Canada heatwave

Dozens dead as canada heatwave shatters records
Western Canada and the US Pacific north-west have seen days of baking temperatures. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Dozens of people have died in Canada in an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed previous temperature records.

Since Monday, police in British Columbia have responded to almost 70 sudden deaths, the majority of them involving elderly people.

They said the heatwave baking the region was a contributing factor behind these deaths.

Canada recorded its highest ever temperature on Tuesday for a third straight day – 49.5C (121F) in Lytton, British Columbia.

Temperatures in Canada had never passed 45C Before this week.

Canadian Police Cpl Mike Kalanj, who is based in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, said on Tuesday: “Check on your neighbours, check on family members, check on seniors you may know.”

He added: “This weather can be deadly for vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. It is imperative we check on them.”

The heat is believed to have been a contributing factor in the deaths of 69 people in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Surrey, according to the police. Most had underlying health conditions or were elderly.

Resident Meghan Fandrich in the tiny village of Lytton told the Globe & Mail it had been “almost impossible” to go outside.

She said: “It has been intolerable,” adding that she sent her young daughter to stay with family elsewhere in British Columbia where temperatures are marginally cooler.

“We’re trying to stay indoors as much as possible. We are used to the heat, and it is a dry heat, but 30 [degrees] is a lot different from 47,” she added.

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