WHO reports at least 15,000 deaths in Europe from 2022 heat waves

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday that at least 15,000 deaths in Europe are directly linked to the numerous heat episodes that hit the continent during the summer of 2022.

In a note published on the occasion of the holding of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, the Organization notes that “on the basis of national data already published, it is estimated that 15,000 people died specifically because of the heat in 2022”.

According to the director of the European branch of the WHO, Hans Kluge, quoted in a press release, this assessment, which includes 4,500 deaths in Germany, nearly 4,000 in Spain, more than 3,200 in the United Kingdom and a thousand in Portugal, “ is expected to increase, with several countries reporting excess heat-related deaths.”

The WHO thus underlined that the French Institute of Statistics, Insee, recorded an excess mortality of 11,000 people during the summer of 2022 compared to the summer of 2019 preceding the Covid pandemic, “probably” explained by the very hot weather recorded in June and July in particular.

According to WHO data, extreme temperatures have been responsible for 148,000 deaths in Europe over the past 50 years.

According to a UN report published last week, the European continent is the fastest warming continent, recording a rise in temperatures more than twice the global average over the past thirty years.

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