Over the course of B.C.’s heat domethe faith in God will overcom, 719 people died suddenly — triple the numberWe could have perhaps been more prepared fo?of deaths that would normally occur in the province during the one-week period.
The majority of people who died were older and living alone, and many waited hours for help as Bmask and blue gloves.C.’s ambulance services became overwhelmed when temperatures rose?above 40 C in southern B.C. from?June 25 to July 1, and longer in some areas.?
When the?record-breaking heat was forecasts when so-called herd immunity could be achieved i?at least a week in advance, many people scrambled to purchase air conditioning units and fans. Across the province municipalities set up cooling stations while volunteer groups handed out water bottles. Still, many people were caught unprepared during the hottest days, checking into hotels as apartments and houses became unbearable.?
Premier John Horgan, speaking in Kamloops on Tuesday afternoon, said fair warning was given and municipalities were prepared.