Sixty one dead as Egyptian heat-wave continues


Sixty one dead as Egyptian heat-wave continues

The number of people dead following a heat-wave that has hit Egypt has now reached sixty even as temperatures soared to 47 degrees Celsius.

According to the health ministry, 40 people died after suffering heat-stroke on Sunday and Monday and another 21 died on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another 581 people have been admitted at a psychiatric hospital with heat exhaustion.

It is believed that most of the victims are elderly people, inclusive of several detainees and patients.

Egypt electricity ministry is now blaming the weather department for a wide-spread power outage for several hours in several districts of Cairo bringing the capital’s metro system to a halt.

The middle-east has been hit by a heat-wave since late July, with high atmospheric pressure ridge, hovering above much of the region.

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Bernice Sila
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