At least 11 people have died in a five-month long heatwave in Mexico, the nation's Health Ministry said.
During the March 22-Aug. 23 period, temperatures have reached 46 degree Celsius in northern Mexico and just below 40 degree in the rest of the nation, the ministry said in a communique.
The deaths were caused by heatstroke, whose symptoms are a sudden increase in body temperature and mental confusion.
The northern Mexican state of Sonora registered the largest number of deaths -- six in total, the communique said, adding that the other five deaths occurred in another four states.
The ministry asked those suffering heatstroke symptoms to seek immediate medical help.
The ministry warned that exposure to high temperatures could lead to heatstroke, skin wounds and diarrhea-like illnesses. It urged people to drink an appropriate amount of liquid and to wear clothes that protect them from the sun.
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 12:33