1,500 died in record heatwave in France – minister

France has calculated the loss of life toll from the record heatwave which hit Europe this summer season, with its well being minister reporting that the irregular climate prompted 1,500 deaths in the nation.

There had been “18 days of extreme heat” in France this yr and never everybody managed to stay by way of them, Agnes Buzyn said in a radio interview.

The warmth exceeded 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in June and July and noticed temperature information rewritten in greater than 50 cities throughout the nation. In the southern commune of Gallargues-le-Montueux, thermometers measured a French nationwide record of 46 Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit).

“We’ve observed 1,500 additional deaths… in those months,” the minister stated, including that solely round a half of the victims had been aged folks, aged over 75, the remainder being youthful residents.

Overall, the warmth negatively affected the well being of virtually 20 million folks in the nation, in accordance with Buzyn.

France Info radio station offered a extra exact loss of life toll of 1,435 folks. 567 of them died in the course of the first heatwave in late June – early July, with one other 858 succumbing to the intense climate in the ultimate days of July.

The numbers may appear staggering, however they pale in comparability to earlier heatwaves which hit France in summer season 2003 and prompted 15,000 extra deaths.