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Hot weather partly to blame for mountain, lake and river deaths

National News // By Rebecca Karmazyn // Aug. 10, 2018

Since the end of July, at least 12 people have died in the mountains or in lakes and rivers, deaths that have been blamed on the heatwave in Switzerland.

pixabay Hot weather partly to blame for mountain, lake and river deaths

Nine people have died hiking or climbing and three people have drowned since July 30th.

The Swiss Alpine Club says that more people have headed to the mountains than usual to try to find cooler climes, which has attributed to deaths at high altitude.

Most deaths in the mountains have resulted from falls, including two people in the Bernese Alps, two in the canton of Graubünden and two in the canton of Valais. The heatwave has melted permafrost, which has led to rockfalls in some places.

High temperatures have also seen many people jump in to lakes and rivers to cool off. Three people have drowned in the lakes of Zurich and Lugano, and the River Aare.

 

 

 

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