Sunday, 25 July 2010

Moscow heat claims more victims

A Japanese tourist and four swimmers are the most recent victims of this year’s summer scorcher. The 75-year-old man died of heart failure while he was sight-seeing in the city centre.

The man collapsed and passed away on the ground by the Borovistky gate, a law enforcement spokesperson said on Monday. According to preliminary reports he died of acute heart failure, which could have been caused by the heat.

Meanwhile the swimming season officially opened at the beginning of June. As the mercury has continued to climb more and more people have taken to the Moscow waters, with some meeting a watery end. The Emergency Ministry Emercom announced that over the course of last month there were 70 incidents reported and 16 people drowned.

And Monday saw four people drowned on the city’s waterways, including a boy aged just nine.

None of the victims had been swimming at authorised areas, officials said.

So leaping into a river might not be the best way to beat the heat. Luckily, Russias chief medical officer Gennady Onishchenko has some handy hints for employers and employees, on how to avoid coming to harm.

And as if World Cup winning football isn’t enough, he’s looking for another Spanish success story in the form of a siesta.

Onishchenko suggested we should all take a page out of the Mediterranean country’s book and take it easy during the hottest hours of the day, between midday and 3 pm. He also recommended saving the most active tasks for the beginning and end of the day, when it is cooler.

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