Quebec coroner says mandatory vehicle alert systems could prevent hot car deaths

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

The death toll in Quebec due to the heat wave has increased since yesterday's reported number.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, the regional director of Montreal's public health department, said ambulance services reported receiving more than 1,200 calls overall in Montreal on Wednesday.

The city's morgue became so overcrowded during the heat wave that it partnered with a funeral home, where it sent bodies for storage.

The victims who succumbed to the heat were between the ages of 50 and 85 and did not have air conditioning in their residences and lived alone in apartments, officials said.

On Friday, provincial officials said 54 people had died province-wide, but they could not immediately be reached for updated numbers on Saturday.

"The record temperatures are expected to continue in central and eastern Canada, so make sure you know how to protect yourself and your family", Trudeau said.

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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.

Environment Canada says the areas most affected by the heat wave include the Island of Montreal, Châteauguay/La Prairie, Laval, Longueuil and Varennes.

According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems.

It lasted two days longer than a similar five-day period of extreme heat in 2010, but heat warnings were lifted overnight on Friday as temperatures began to cool.

A heatwave in Canada has killed 33 people in the past week.

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