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Extreme temperatures claim two lives

A HEATWAVE that has been affecting Slovakia since late June and has seen temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius has claimed two lives.

A HEATWAVE that has been affecting Slovakia since late June and has seen temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius has claimed two lives.

A 62-year-old bus driver collapsed and died at Bratislava’s main bus station in Mlynské Nivy on July 3. A day earlier, a 94-year-old woman from Košice died from severe dehydration despite being transferred to hospital the night before, the TASR newswire reported.

“She collapsed because of the heat, and died within half an hour of being admitted to hospital, despite our efforts,” a senior doctor from Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Košice, Zoltán Sidor, told TASR.

Boris Chmel, spokesperson for the emergency services operation centre, told TASR that cases of collapse affected by heat and lack of fluids were gradually increasing. He said emergency workers had had to attend 115 cases on Saturday, June 30, 126 cases on Sunday, July 1, and then 162 cases on Monday, July 2.

The high temperatures are expected to continue well into July.

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