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Europe Heatwaves Disastrous for Older People, People with Disabilities

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image An older man sits outside his house during a heat wave in Barcelona, Spain, July 16, 2022. © 2022 AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti Thousands of people have died as 21 countries across Europe endured unusually high temperatures amid an unprecedented and prolonged yet predictable heatwave last month. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions, such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, were particularly affected. Data from Spain and Portugal show most people who died were over age 65. Earlier data also shows the disproportionate impact of heatwaves on…

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