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Authorities say 33 dead in Quebec as humidity and heat wave blanket Eastern and Central Canada

Posted on 11 July 2018 by admin

The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days

MONTREAL — Quebec health authorities say 33 people in the province have died from heat-related complications over the last few days.

The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days.

The officials gave the update at a news conference in Montreal this morning.

No deaths have been reported in other provinces.

The ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area has called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.

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.

With the muggy temperatures expected to persist for at least another two days, authorities are urging people to remain vigilant.

Officials across the province advised people to drink plenty of water and check in on neighbours or relatives and, if need be, get them to a place where air conditioning is available.

Environment Canada says a heat warning remains in effect for an area spanning southwestern and northeastern Ontario through southern Quebec and into the Atlantic region.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted condolences to the relatives of the Quebec victims.

Police and firefighters continue to go door to door in areas identified as having people considered at high risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, those who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.

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