The record of the last heat wave was once again weighed down Wednesday, from 34 to 53 deaths for the Montreal area. This brings to 89 the number of people who are “probably” dead because of the extreme heat.
In its most recent report released Wednesday, the Regional Directorate of Public Health (DRSP) of Montreal has revealed that the number of deaths related to the heat wave has increased to 53, 19 more than in his previous count.
Between June 30 and July 7, the province was hit by an intense heat wave. Several heat records were also beaten during this period.
The DRSP reported that the majority of victims were men living alone, elderly people, people with mental health problems, alcohol or drug addiction, cardiovascular and respiratory health problems, or no access to air conditioning.
In addition to Montréal, the Laval, Montérégie, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Québec and Estrie regions all reported at least one death.
Saturday, the doctor at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec Pierre Gosselin warned that the balance could be heavier.
“You can not look at all the deaths one by one. It’s a less accurate method than the coroner’s, but it allows us to estimate the number of deaths that are probably heat-related, “he said.
In 2010, no fewer than 106 deaths were recorded in the province as a result of the heat wave.