Nine die from heat

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26 July 2004, MADRID - Three more people died from heat-related conditions bringin the number of deaths this summer to nine, authorities said Monday.

26 July 2004

MADRID - Three more people died from heat-related conditions bringin the number of deaths this summer to nine, authorities said Monday.

The latest victim was a 78-year-old woman in Tenerife in the Canary Islands Monday morning.

Authorities said her death was directly linked to temperatures which reached 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit).

In Cordoba, in Andalucia, a 32-year-old man died from a heat-related condition and other pathological conditions, doctors said.

And in Jaen in Andalucia, an 84-year-old man died from heat-related conditions.

Before Monday's fatalities, a 74-year-old man in the western region of Extremadura, where the temperature hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The first to fall victim of the scorching conditions was a 48-year-old man, who died from hyperthermia June 29 in the central town of Argamasilla de Calatrava.

On June 30 two new deaths were recorded: those of a 69-year-old man in Madrid and a 72-year-old man in Cabra, in the southern province of Cordoba.

Heat stroke killed a woman, 53, in the southern town of Jerez de la Frontera on 2 July and another, 60, in Cordoba the following day.

The latest victim of the heat wave searing the country was the man who died Saturday in Barcarrota, in the Extremadura region.

Spanish Health and Consumer Affairs Minister Elena Salgado last month launched a USD 2 million campaign aimed at warning people of the dangers of the heat and telling them how to avoid its potentially fatal effects.

Over the weekend, an air mass moved up from the Sahara Desert and settled over the Iberian peninsula causing daily temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), especially in central Spain.

[Copyright  EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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