Police in Kelowna say despite record temperatures that are scorching B.C.’s Interior this week, regional officers have responded to zero sudden deaths in the past 48 hours.
Following a request by Global News on Tuesday, Kelowna RCMP announced Wednesday morning that they did receive 13 calls for wellness checks related to the extreme weather conditions.
The good news out of Kelowna was in contrast to Burnaby, where police in that community announced Tuesday that more than two dozen people had died in the past 24 hours, with the heat wave believed to be a contributing factor.
Burnaby RCMP said officers have responded to more than 25 sudden-death calls, with many of the deceased being seniors.
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And two hours north of Kelowna, police in Kamloops announced that since last Friday, there have been six deaths.
“This number has doubled compared to the same period of last year,” said Kamloops RCMP.
“The cause and manner of these deaths are being determined by the BC Coroners Service who will also conclude whether or not the death was heat-related.”
Kamloops RCMP also said it has received 43 calls to check the well-being of individuals and some were directly related to the hot weather conditions.
Last year at this time, Kamloops RCMP said it received 34 calls for wellness checks.
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