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Police say 34 dead in western Canada heat wave

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Young girls splash through a waterfall at a park in Washington, DC, on June 28, 2021, as a heatwave moves over much of the United States. – Swathes of the United States and Canada endured record-setting heat on June 27, 2021, forcing schools and Covid-19 testing centers to close and the postponement of an Olympic athletics qualifying event, with forecasters warning of worse to come. The village of Lytton in British Columbia broke the record for Canada’s all-time high, with a temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius (116 Fahrenheit), said Environment Canada. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

At least 34 people in the Vancouver area have died suddenly in a record-smashing heatwave engulfing western Canada and parts of the US Pacific Northwest, police said Tuesday.

“Although still under investigation, heat is believed to be a contributing factor in the majority of the deaths,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Michael Kalanj said in a statement, adding that most of the deceased were elderly.

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