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Blistering heat wave claims 54 lives in Quebec

People cool down in a public pool in Montreal Thursday People cool down in a public pool in Montreal Thursday
Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 20:53

Thirty-three people have died in a heat wave that has baked the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to Dr. David Kaiser with Montreal's public health department.

Twenty-eight of the deaths were in Montreal, said Marie-Claude Lacasse with the Ministry of Health.

"The level of danger remains high, despite a decrease in humidity level",- said the representative of service of emergency Canada Stefan Oberhoff.

The number of victims of the intense heat in Canada has risen to 50 people, according to health authorities of the country.

Officials say none of the deaths occurred in a hospital and that the deceased were already suffering from existing health problems.

People cool down in a public pool in Montreal, Thursday.

A government heat warning is in place for the region, but meteorologists are forecasting a drop in temperatures at the end of the week.

He said that disadvantaged people who had chronic illnesses or were living alone were particularly vulnerable.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Wednesday: "My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died in Quebec during this heat wave, ".

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.

Prior to this, the only heat wave that Parent remembers being so memorable was a four to five day period in 2010.