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France Releases New Heatwave Plan As Temperatures Rise

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  • Mike Neuman
    France Releases New Heatwave Plan As Temperatures Rise Paris (AFP) Jun 22, 2005 France was on a heatwave alert Wednesday as the government released its new
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      France Releases New Heatwave Plan As Temperatures Rise

      Paris (AFP) Jun 22, 2005
      France was on a heatwave alert Wednesday as the government released
      its new emergency plan to avoid a repeat of the nearly 15,000 deaths
      attributed to the scorching temperatures of summer 2003.

      As the mercury climbed above 30 degrees Celsius (86 F) in parts of
      France during the past two days, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand
      Wednesday released the new heatwave plan including measures to
      bolster emergency services and to care for elderly people living on
      their own.

      The plan also released an extra 26 million euros (31.5 million
      dollars) for supplementary hours for nurses working in people's homes
      and to recruit temporary staff in retirement homes.

      The minister has put in place a level three heatwave alert, under the
      four level emergency plan, in the central eastern Rhone region and
      level two in seven other regions of the country.

      French meteorologists have warned there is a probability of a hot
      summer this year with temperatures predicted to be on average two
      degrees above normal.

      An estimated 30,000 people died in Europe during the 2003 heatwave
      with 14,847 deaths in France, the majority elderly, between the
      August 4 and 18.

      During the heatwave temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius during
      the day and remained high during the evenings.

      Emergency services were overwhelmed during the disaster, forced to
      leave dying patients on stretchers in the corridors of hospitals.
      Funeral parlours could also not cope, particularly in the Paris
      region where bodies had to be stored in refrigerated trucks.
      There was a subsequent public outcry about the government's slow
      response to the disaster.
      http://www.terradaily.com/news/weather-05zk.html
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