BC heat wave: 25 sudden deaths in 24 hours in Burnaby; Weather is likely to be a contributing factor in most cases

Vancouver — Metro Vancouver’s Mountis says there have been more than two dozen reports of sudden deaths within 24 hours in just one city.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Burnaby said they received 25 calls during a record-breaking heat wave and said in a statement, Tuesday, that temperature was believed to be a contributing factor to the majority of deaths.

Many of those who died were elderly.

The staggering figure is a call from the Mounties for residents of the area to check on their loved ones and neighbors as temperatures continue to rise.

“We see this weather as potentially deadly for the vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. It is essential that we check in on each other during this extreme heat,” the corporal said. Mike Callang said in a statement.

In a later update, Mounties said that 15 sudden death calls had been made in the previous day, and that 19 had been made so far on Tuesday.

The latest information brings the total to 34 calls made in the city over two days.

This is a developing news story and will be updated

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