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Heat makes new victims: 70 have fainted in public places



At the same time, trains’ speed was reduced because of the heat; the delays were up to one hour.
The heat stroke again yesterday, mainly in the Capital and Dolj, Olt, Teleorman, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Calarasi and Ilfov counties which were under Orange Code, being registered up to 40 Celsius degrees in these areas.
Over 1.300 phone calls have been received by the Bucharest-Ilfov Ambulance Service (SABI) during the past 48 hours, out of which more than half for emergencies, stated yesterday for Mediafax Dr. Alis Grasu, SABI manager. Also, 70 people fainted in public places. “We are talking about 1.344 cases registered since Monday morning, 8 a.m., until Tuesday morning same hour. 685 were emergencies, out of which 70 faints in public places,” added the SABI manager. According to him, during the past 48 hours, there were other seven cases of persons who have fainted in the street and one person who has drowned. SABI received also calls for chronic illnesses and other medical events.
The SABI manager recommends especially to old persons and families with children to avoid going out in the sun at mid-day.
The number of persons, who have fainted in public places on Monday, between 8.00 and 18.45, was three times bigger than to one registered a day before.
Also, trains’ speed on various rail sectors was reduced because of high temperatures, fact which led to delays up to 50-60 minutes at long-way trains which transit various sectors affected by the heat, informed the National Railways Company (CFR). According to CFR, there were introduced speed limitations for trains transiting eight railway regions: Bucharest, Craiova, Timisoara, Cluj, Brasov, Iasi, Galati, Constanta. For various rail sectors, the speed was reduced with 50 – 70 km/h comparing to the normal speed.
Nevertheless, a number of 14 tents equipped with AC, water, medical staff and special equipment, as well as many other first aid points where the Bucharesters can benefit from water and AC during the heat wave have been disposed by the Bucharest City Hall.
These points are placed on June 11 St, at Coltea Hospital, Cimisgiu Park (the Elisabeta Blvd entrance), Romana Square, Victoriei Square, Carol Park, Herastrau Park (the Charles de Gaulle entrance), the North Train Station, University Square (The Faculty of Architecture), Titan Square, Obor Square, Dristor Square and Crangasi Square.
The Capital and 17 counties from the Eastern side of the country are being, between yesterday 3 p.m. and today at 3 p.m. under Yellow Code for storm. The counties under alert are Suceava, Botosani, Neamt, Iasi, Bacau, Vaslui, Vrancea, Galati, Prahova, Buzau, Braila, Tulcea, Constanta, Ilfov, Ialomita, Giurgiu si Calarasi.

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