500 extra die in July heatwave
4 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Five hundred people more than average died in the Netherlands during the sweltering heat in first three weeks of July.
4 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — Five hundred people more than average died in the Netherlands during the sweltering heat in first three weeks of July.
The heaviest toll was in the third week when there were 300 more deaths than average, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said. A total of 2,800 people died in that week when the average maximum daily temperature was 31.5 degrees.
CBS said the death rate in the first week of July was 200 higher than normal, while the rate for the second week was about average.
The statistics agency has been monitoring the monthly rate of deaths since 1995. High temperatures are a significant factor during the summer. The effect is clearest the day after very warm temperatures. A heatwave can cause hundreds more to die than normal.
There were two heatwaves in July, the second lasting for 16 days.
People with respiratory difficulties and patients with heart ailments are particularly at risk. And, a higher number of women than men die during these hot periods.
A total of 1,522 women compared with 1,247 men died in the third week of July. Of the total of 2,769, 1,516 were above 80 years of age. This group consisted of almost twice as many women: 1,001 compared with 515 men.
The CBS said there are more elderly women than men in the Netherlands, but it was not able to give a clearer explanation on Friday for the noticeably higher death rate among women over 80.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news