UK heat wave kills at least 800

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UK heat wave kills at least 800
London, July 19: In the past nine days, at least 800 people in UK have reportedly died of severe and prolonged heat wave.

On Thursday, Britain recorded the longest heatwave in seven years when the temperature reached as high as 32 degree celsius.

It has been reported that the sweltering heat wave is likely to remain till the end of next week, so, the death toll may rise.

In an attempt to control the number of deaths, ambulance services have been increased from 30% in past three days.
The Meteorological department has issued an alert that there is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions.

As a precautionary measure, Public Health England (PHE) is reminding people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather. It has advised, "Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, avoid physical exertion, wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes, drink plenty of cold drinks, if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator and never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants , young children or animals."

If the heatwave goes upto Level 4, that is considered as very severe in UK, then it can affect transport, food and water, energy supplies and businesses as well as health and social-care services.

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