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Crete: Heat wave leaves two dead, sends dozens with heat stroke to hospitals

The heat wave started to withdraw but the three days of “hell” with temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius sent dozens of Cretans to the hospitals. Three elderly died. Over the three days of heat wave, local ambulances received at least 27 calls to assist people with symptoms of heat stroke.

One of the first heat victims was an 80-year-old man from Faneromeni village in Phaestos Municipality. He was taken to the health center of Moires and from there to Herakleion hospital, where he died.

An 89-year-old man died in Rethymnon also on Friday. In the hospital he was diagnosed with heat stroke. The hospital director said that given the fact that he was suffering from heart problems and diabetes, the heat had further burden his health condition.

An elderly woman is hospitalized in critical condition after she was transferred to the hospital of Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Monday noon. She had a severe heat stroke. When ambulance workers arrived at her home, temperature inside her home was 41 degrees Celsius, local media report.

On Saturday, the highest temperature in Greece was recorded in Moires, Herakleio, with 45.9 degrees Celsius.

27 victims of heat stroke

Friday, first day of heatwave: 5 cases of heat stroke, among them the man who lost his life.

Saturday: 8 cases, three of the victims are in Intensive care units of PAGNI hospital

Sunday: 14 cases. Among the victims were a 50-year-old man and a monk, 40, who was transferred to hospital with high fever.

In Chania a refugee was taken to hospital with heat stroke symptoms. Also his minor aged children were taken to hospital for precautionary reasons.

Authorities have been warning especially those with health conditions and elderly to take preventive measures, keep themselves hydrated and avoid direct exposure to sun.

Heat stroke is a condition caused by the overheating of the body. It is usually the result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures – usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system.

The most serious form of heat injury, heat stroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

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