‘Thun­der­storm asthma’ kills four

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SYD­NEY: An un­prece­dented “thun­der­storm asthma” event has left four peo­ple dead and three fight­ing for their lives in Aus­tralia, with au­thor­i­ties scram­bling yes­ter­day to re­view their pro­ce­dures af­ter emer­gency ser­vices were over­whelmed.

Some 8,500 peo­ple have pre­sented to hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments, mostly in Mel­bourne, since a thun­der­storm co­in­cided with a high pollen count on Monday, caus­ing asthma and hay fever suf­fer­ers res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, Vic­to­rian State Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

“When we’ve had peo­ple call­ing for am­bu­lances – one call ev­ery four-and-a-half sec­onds at the peak – it was like hav­ing 150 bombs go­ing off right across a par­tic­u­lar part of met­ro­pol­i­tan Mel­bourne.” – AFP

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