Punishing heat wave in Egypt kills 76 people, 1,200 hospitalized

August 13, 2015 3:02 PM

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CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt's health minister says 17 more people have died due to an "unprecedented" heat wave, raising this week's death toll to 76.

Health Minister Adel el-Adawy said Thursday that the deaths are mostly among the elderly, and include eight patients of a psychiatric hospital. El-Adawy says 1,205 people are in hospitals being treated for heat exhaustion.

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