Egypt's heatwave death toll reaches 110

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Aug 2015

Governorates in Upper Egypt have been particularly hard hit by searing temperatures this August

An Egyptian covers his head from sun during hot day in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Two new deaths Wednesday due to the current heatwave raised the total death toll in Egypt to 110 this summer, Aswat Masriya reported.

A statement by the Egyptian health ministry reported that two people died Wednesday in Suhag and Aswan governorates. Some 148 went to hospitals suffering from heat stress on the same day. The ministry announced three deaths Tuesday due to the heat wave.

The health ministry has been issuing warnings to citizens in the past few weeks advising older people and children to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

August is normally a hot month in Egypt, but temperatures have been higher than average over the past few days, soaring to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in Upper Egypt governorates and 40 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit) in Cairo.

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