France’s summer heatwaves claimed 1,500 lives: minister

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People cool off in the Trocadero fountains across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a new heatwave broke temperature records in France on July 25, 2019. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo)
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French Health and Solidarity Minister Agnes Buzyn arrives to attend a meeting between the Proximity companies union, the National union of the Independent professions and the French Prime Minister at the Hotel Matignon in Paris on September 6, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2019
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France’s summer heatwaves claimed 1,500 lives: minister

  • The 2003 heatwave was the deadliest recorded in France, with the central and Paris regions hardest hit

PARIS: Two heatwaves that hit France this summer claimed more than 1,500 more lives, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Sunday.
But that toll was significantly lower than the disastrous summer of 2003, when an estimated 15,000 people died during an August heatwave.
“We have 1,500 deaths recorded more than the average for these months, so that’s 10 times fewer deaths than the 2003 heatwave,” Buzyn told French radio.
This year’s heatwaves hit France in June and July, with a new record temperature of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in the south on June 28.
While the 2003 heatwave lasted 20 days in all, this year’s lasted for 18, in two separate heatwaves, the second covering a large part of France, Buzyn added.
The authorities’ preventive measures helped keep the death rate well below the high numbers experienced in 2003, she added.
The 2003 heatwave was the deadliest recorded in France, with the central and Paris regions hardest hit.


Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

  • Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday
  • Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police

KARACHI: Pakistan’s anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People’s Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.
“NAB’s Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over ‘assets beyond means’,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement, refering to a class of case in which a defendant is accused of possessing assets higher than their known sources of income.
Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday, an official statement said.
The opposition stalwart was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, Pakistan’s DawnNewsTV reported. He will remain in custody on Wednesday evening.
Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad home, the domestic staff at his house told DawnNewsTV.