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Scores dead as heat wave grips Canada, US: police
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Scores dead as heat wave grips Canada, US: police

At least 69 people in Canada’s Vancouver area have died in a record-smashing heat wave engulfing the west of the country and the US Pacific Northwest, police said Tuesday. Most of the dead in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Surrey over the past 24 hours were elderly or people with underlying health conditions, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said. Other local municipalities have said they too have responded to many sudden death calls since Monday, but have yet to release tolls. “Although still under investigation, heat is believed to be a contributing factor in the majority of the deaths,” RCMP Corporal Michael Kalanj said in a statement. Climate change is causing record-setting temperatures to become more frequent. Globally, the decade to 2019 was the hottest re...