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Photos: More than 230 die as record-breaking heatwave sweeps Canada

More than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia, Canada since Friday as a historic heat wave brought record-high temperatures.

The province’s chief coroner called it an “unprecedented time.”

“Since the onset of the heat wave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in deaths reported where it is suspected that extreme heat has been contributory,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.

The coroner’s service normally receives about 130 death reports over a four-day period.
From Friday through to Monday, at least 233 deaths were reported, the chief coroner said, adding “this number will increase as data continues to be updated.”

Coroners are now gathering information to determine the cause and manner of deaths and whether heat played a role, the statement said.

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