50 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat as hot, humid weather subsides

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

Health officials in Quebec this week urged people to drink plenty of water, reduce physical activity, seek out air conditioning, and stay in the shade.

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.

The worst heat wave in decades has claimed 33 lives in Canada with another day of scorching temperatures and related smog expected Thursday.

Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness.

It lasted two days longer than a similar five-day period of extreme heat in 2010, but heat warnings were lifted overnight on Friday as temperatures began to cool.

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"We really hope that the next information we have to give out is the last and total number of deaths for this heat wave". About it reports the Montreal Gazette, citing data from the press service of the Minister of health of the province.

In Ontario, a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said it couldn't confirm if there were any heat-related deaths, adding it could take weeks or several months to complete such probes. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

Montreal-area paramedics aren't expecting a big drop-off in calls today despite the more bearable conditions.

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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