The death toll in Quebec due to the heat wave has increased since yesterday’s reported number.
The number of people who have died due to heat-related complications has increased from yesterday’s 17 to 33, around Quebec, according to Public Health officials.
That number includes 18 people in Montreal, 7 from the Eastern Townships, 5 in central Quebec, 2 in the South Shore and 1 in Laval.
Officials say none of the deaths occurred in a hospital and that the deceased were already suffering from existing health problems.
Urgences-Santé says that ambulance drivers and paramedics in the greater Montreal region have been spread too thin and are urging people with heat-related symptoms to call 811 and to only call 911 in life-threatening situations.
Officials are advising people in Quebec to drink plenty of water and to check in on neighbours or relatives and get them to an air-conditioned place, especially elders with medical conditions.
No deaths have been reported in other provinces.
The heat wave is expected to subside by early Friday morning.