Australia: Heatwave blamed for large spike in the number of deaths in Victoria last week

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The heatwave that baked large parts of south-eastern Australia last week is being blamed for a large spike in the number of deaths in Victoria. More than 203 deaths were reported to the coroner, more than twice the average. The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine expects the number of deaths to reach that of the unprecedented heatwave in 2009, which is thought to have killed more than 370 people in Victoria alone. Temperatures across the south-eastern states regularly pushed above 40C......

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