Sunday, July 22, 2007

Romania heatwave kills 11 people

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 20 (UPI) -- Two Romanians died Friday of health problems worsened by heat, raising the heat-related death toll in the country to 11 in two days.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit Friday in Bucharest as a heat wave that settled in early this week gripped most of central and southeastern Europe, the Romanian NineO'Clock Web site said.

Ambulance services in Bucharest registered more than 1,000 calls for medical help in a 24-hour period and the Romanian Health Ministry provided additional telephone lines to first aid centers, the Romanian Web site reported.

Meteorologists predicted the heat wave to ease in the middle of next week.

Exceptionally high temperatures also swept Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

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