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WHO/EU statement: Without preparation heat can be deadly

In a statement, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Henri P. Kluge, urges preparation to prevent fatalities related to heatwaves, such as the one that hit many regions in Europe in July. Besides immediate steps to protect ourselves and others, longer-term measures are urgently needed in Europe.

As new estimates published in the scientific journal Nature found that in the summer of 2022, more than 60,000 people in Europe died because of extreme heat, WHO/EU emphasizes all of us should be armed with knowledge to help save lives and act now. The statement can be read on the WHO/Europe website. 

Date: 17 Aug 2023