Cold wave hits Peru, claiming lives of over 600 people

Cold wave hits Peru, claiming lives of over 600 people

Cold wave hits Peru, claiming lives of over 600 peopleAccording to Chile’s Ministry of Health (Minsa), 604 people have died of pneumonia by June 20, 2018, due to low temperatures. The number includes more than 400 older adults and 72 children under the age of 5. Since winter season is just beginning, low temperatures, snow and frost are expected to continue.

The director of the National Center of Epidemiology, Gladys Ramirez, said that Lima has the highest number of influenza AH1N1, followed by Piura, Puno, Cuzco, Madre de Dios and Tacna.

This season’s frost arrived earlier than usual and has already affected more than 32 000 Peruvians in 11 regions of the country.
In some areas, such as San Antonio de Putinas in Puno, temperatures plummeted to – 15 °C (5 °F), causing deaths of at least 6 children…. more

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