24 Aug 2016, UNISDR
France is responding to its third heat wave of the summer as it seeks to avoid any repetition of the 20,000 deaths which the nation suffered in 2003 when a Europe-wide heatwave claimed 70,000 lives. Since that catastrophe, devastating for women and older persons, in particular, France has initiated a four-phase alert system as part of its meteorological services.
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