Hundreds of people have lost their lives in Canada due to the record heat in the country. In British Columbia, western Canada alone, there were 486 deaths in five days. There are also thousands of hospitalizations and emergency telephone calls addressed to health centers. Canadian media reported this as 90 percent of the village of Lytton was destroyed, hit by a fire after a record temperature of 49.6 ° C was recorded. The emergency is not over yet given that, as meteorologists report, the record heat is now moving towards the eastern parts of Canada.
The mayor of Lytton Jan Polderman, who had ordered the citizens to evacuate, was clear: ” The whole city is on fire ” because in about fifteen minutes a ” wall of fire ” was created and for this ” won’t stay long ”. Lytton is located 260 kilometers northeast of Vancouver.
Authorities investigate the deaths, while scientists attribute the record heat and subsequent deaths to climate change. Chief medical examiner Lisa Lapointe explained that in the past three to five years there have been only three heat-related deaths in the western province of Canada.