‘Never seen anything like this’: 100s dead amid Canada heatwave
At least 486 sudden deaths recorded in British Columbia since Friday as temperatures soar on Canada’s west coast.
By Al Jazeera Staff30 Jun 2021|Updated: 1 Jul 202110:32 AM (GMT)
Authorities say nearly 500 people have died in Canada’s westernmost province across five days, as record-breaking temperatures raise serious concerns for vulnerable groups, including the elderly.
British Columbia’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said on Wednesday afternoon that the BC Coroners Service received at least 486 reports of deaths between Friday and Wednesday afternoon – a total she said was preliminary and expected to increase.