33 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat: health officials

33 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat: health officials

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

The canadian province of Quebec has covered a heat wave.

Quebec health officials say at least 54 people are now believed to have died from heat-related complications.

"Majority have a chronic disease condition", said Dr. Mylene Drouin, head of the regional health authority. About it reports the Montreal Gazette, citing data from the press service of the Minister of health of the province.

The mercury has since June 29 regularly topped 30 C, accompanied by stifling humidity levels, but temperatures should drop back to seasonal averages from Saturday.

"For the moment, they (deaths) conform exactly to the characteristics we've described - people with chronic illness, mental health problems, people living alone, people living in apartment blocks between four-to-six stories and without air conditioning".

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Numerous victims were older than 50, male, living alone and had no air conditioning, said Dr. David Kaiser of Montreal's Regional Public Health Department.

One death in Laval and another in Mauricie brings the total number of heat-related deaths in the province up to 21, and more are expected.

In California in 2006, a 10-day heat wave was linked to 140 deaths.

"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.

In 2010, around 100 people in the Montreal area died when extreme heat stifled the area.

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