Nine die in Italy heatwave

Nine elderly people died of heat-related causes over four days that saw temperatures top 41 degrees Celsius in parts of Italy, according to Italian media reports.

Nine die in Italy heatwave
A tourist cools off in a fountain in Milan on July 4th. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Ansa reported that two cyclists from Bergamo died, along with three other elderly victims at beaches in the Emilia-Romagna region.

A 77-year-old also died while cycling with a group of friends in Chivasso, Piedmont, on Thursday, reported.

The other victims included an 87-year-old man, who died on a beach in Imperia on Saturday morning, and another elderly man, who died while at the beach in Diano Marina, slightly further down the Ligurian coast, on Sunday morning, reported.

Meanwhile, a 76-year-old woman collapsed and died while in the sea in Pescara, according to a report on GELocal.

The heatwave, which is expected to last until Wednesday, prompted the Italian Health Ministry on Monday to activate its summer telephone hotline – 1500 – for heat-related emergencies and advice.

A heatwave in 2012 was responsible for the deaths of 15 people in Italy, while 500 were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, 3,100 people died in Italy during a heatwave in 2003 that lasted for three months. The whole of Europe sweltered that summer, causing more than 20,000 deaths across the continent.

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