Police in B.C. say they’ve responded to more than three dozen sudden deaths since an extreme heat wave took hold, with the danger expected to continue under unrelenting heat over the next several days.
RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., said Tuesday its officers received 25 calls for deaths since Monday alone. Official causes of deaths have yet to be determined, but a statement said officers believe the majority are linked to the severe weather.
“Heat is believed to be a contributing factor in the majority of the deaths. Many of the deceased have been seniors,” Cpl. Mike Kalanj wrote in a statement from Burnaby.
“We are seeing this weather can be deadly for vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. It is imperative we check on one another during this extreme heat.”