The number of deaths in Canada rises in the midst of the terrible heat wave, with record temperatures, which hit the country. In the Vancouver area, the BBC reports, police have received more than 130 calls for sudden deaths since last Friday. These are mostly the elderly or people with pathologies. And it is believed that the heat may have been a factor in most of the deaths.
The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that between Friday and mid-day Monday, British Columbia authorities received 233 death reports. Yesterday in Lytton, about 250 km east of Vancouver, it was 49.6 degrees, the third consecutive day of unprecedented temperatures, and – underlines the BBC – before Sunday in Canada the temperatures had never exceeded 45 degrees.
The authorities speak of “disastrous consequences for families and communities”. “I’ve been on the police force for 15 years and have never seen such a high number of sudden deaths in such a short time,” said Sergeant Steve Addison from Vancouver, according to whom the police normally receive three or four calls for sudden deaths daily. while now it happens that people arrive at relatives’ homes “and find them dead”. Since Friday, the BBC still reports, the terrible heat wave in Vancouver alone would be behind 65 sudden deaths.