By SudOuest.fr with AFP
The fire is on the rise as 500 people have already died due to unbearable temperatures in western Canada and the United States and the whole village of Lytton is on fire.
Hundreds of sudden deaths, increase in hospitalization and increase in wildfires: suffocation caused by the impact of unbearable temperatures in western Canada and the United States.
The heat wave, which triggered heat wave warnings in areas inhabited by millions of people, has killed nearly 500 lives in Canada and at least 16 in the United States, putting pressure on emergency services, so refreshment is not expected until next week.
The northwestern United States, which is accustomed to mild and moderately humid weather, recorded highs of 46.1 degrees Celsius in Portland on Monday. The port city was breathing a little easier on Wednesday as the heat wave moved slowly inland.
At the border, several fires were raging in Canada on Wednesday, including in the town of Lytton, about 250 km northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia: on Tuesday, the whole country recorded a new all-time high of 49.6 degrees Celsius.
Residents were evicted
250 people had to leave because “the whole village is on fire. It took about 15 minutes between the appearance of the first smoke and the moment the fire started everywhere, ”Lytton Mayor John Boulderman told CBC News. Video footage showed the mountains surrounding the village on fire, which residents were under smoke clouds.
Residents of 241 other homes in the area also escaped the blaze.
“The historic heat wave is expected to continue to break records and last until the weekend,” wrote the Canadian Meteorological Service, which lists a long list of temperatures never seen before in Canada, sometimes breaking records set in the 19th century.
“Can’t be out”
Panic victims of thermometers have claimed rights. At least 486 people have died suddenly in British Columbia since Friday, three times higher than average during such periods, officials said.
“It’s unbearable and impossible to stay outside,” said Rosa, who lives in Metropolitan Vancouver. “I hope this never happens again. It’s too much.”
Authorities in both countries have called on people to reduce their travels, drink plenty, check out single and elderly people, set up “cooling centers” and install air conditioning and misters. In the Vancouver area, schools have been closed and vaccination campaigns against Govt-19 have been halted. Air conditioners and fans are not in stock.
“The duration of this heat wave is worrying because there is little rest at night,” the Canadian Environment Minister said.