A strong heat wave sweeps parts of Canada. Death rates are on the rise.
“I’ve been a police officer for 15 years, and I’ve never seen a similar number of sudden deaths in such a short time,” said police officer Steve Addison. Vancouver Sun.
Emergency calls are being made about unexpected deaths in people’s homes in British Columbia. Within 24 hours on Monday, Vancouver police answered 31 such calls. Police officer Addison says many of the phones come in after people have visited the homes of their parents or relatives, only to find the dead.
By early Tuesday afternoon, Vancouver police were present and had recorded 20 sudden deaths, with the numbers expected to rise by the hour. Police usually respond to three or four unexpected deaths, the Vancouver Sun writes.
More than 100 sudden deaths have been recorded since the start of the heat wave, according to public radio CBC. The heat wave is expected to continue in the next few days.
– Addison says that our police officers have a lot to do, but we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of residents.
There is a great need for police officers who can provide immediate assistance so that investigators are transferred to departments operating with emergency assistance. Police officers who are at home or on vacation should also help out in unstable situations.
Because of the huge number of phones, the dead are still in their homes waiting for the police, ambulances and firefighters, who are always on site when unexpected deaths are called to the city of millions.
Funeral agents also have a lot more to do than usual. According to CBC, 130 deaths were reported as usual over a four-day period in British Columbia. Between Friday and Monday, 233 deaths were reported.
In the town of Lytton, about a three-hour drive northeast of Vancouver, a new national heat record was set on Sunday and Monday with 46.6 and 47.5 degrees, respectively.
In Alberta, the authorities declared a state of crisis due to high energy consumption. Residents are encouraged to use as little electricity as possible between 4pm and 7pm in the afternoon.
The US states of Oregon and Washington are also seeing record highs.
More than 11,000 people have been hospitalized due to the heat in recent days, he writes BuzzFeed.
The airport in Portland recorded 46 degrees on Monday, a new record.
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