A heatwave in Quebec has killed at least 17 people in the past week as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada, health officials said Wednesday.
Twelve of the dead were reported in Montreal, the eastern province’s largest city, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin. The Tribune newspaper said five of the deaths occurred in the past 48 hours in the Eastern Townships, a rural area just east of the city.
Quebec is particularly vulnerable to heat waves, with its high percentage of elderly citizens. In 2010, a similar scorcher was estimated to have taken the lives of 100 people in the region.
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