At least 15,000 killed by Heat Wave in Europe this year : WHO

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15,000 killed by Heat Wave in Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 8 November said, at least 15,000 people have died in Europe because of heat waves this year so far. 

Important facts

  • According to reports recorded by health officials during the 3 months of summer, there have been nearly 4,000 deaths in Spain, more than 1,000 in Portugal, more than 3,200 in the United Kingdom and about 4,500 in Germany.

  • The three months of June-August were the hottest in Europe.

  • For example, France's National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) reported that more than 11 000 people died between 1 June and 22 August 2022, compared to the same period in 2019.

  • Temperatures in Europe have warmed significantly over the period 1961–2021 at an average rate of about 0.5 °C per decade.

  • According to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it is the fastest warming region.

  • More than 148,000 people have lost their lives due to extreme temperatures in the European region in the past 50 years.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • The World Health Organisation is a specialised agency of the United Nations which was founded on 7 April, 1948.

  • Headquarters of WHO : Geneva, Switzerland

  • Members : 194 countries

  • Director General of WHO:  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  of Ethiopia.

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