NEWS
07/05/2018 12:24 EDT | Updated 07/05/2018 12:26 EDT

Quebec Heat Wave Claims Dozens Of Victims

No deaths have been reported in other provinces.

Children play in the water fountains at the Place des Arts in Montreal on a hot summer day July 3, 2018.
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Children play in the water fountains at the Place des Arts in Montreal on a hot summer day July 3, 2018.

MONTREAL — Quebec health authorities say 33 people in the province have died from heat-related complications over the last few days.

The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days.

The officials gave the update at a news conference in Montreal this morning.

No deaths have been reported in other provinces.

The ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area has called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.

Urgences-sante says it has been inundated by the volume of calls — 1,200 calls per day in Montreal and nearby Laval over the past four days, which is 30 per cent more than usual on busy days.