60 extra deaths a day due to heatwave

20th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A higher number of deaths than normal was recorded during the heatwave in June, and people aged 85 and older were especially vulnerable to the warmer weather.

20 July 2006

BRUSSELS — A higher number of deaths than normal was recorded during the heatwave in June, and people aged 85 and older were especially vulnerable to the warmer weather.

On average, 275 people die every day in June, but figures for 12 and 13 June indicate that on average, just over 60 extra deaths were recorded.

The higher number of deaths has been blamed on the warm weather.

"Especially people aged 85 or older are the victims," a spokesman from the Scientific Institute for Public Health, Herman Van Oyen, said.

"They have heart and vascular disorders and breathing difficulties."

"The risk is higher with them due to the higher ozone concentrations in the air and because they don't drink enough."

The death rate for the heatwave at the start of July is not yet known, but partial results indicate it will be even higher.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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