Once again, a street sweeper in Madrid has been hit by the high temperatures that have suffocated the Iberian Peninsula in recent weeks. The 58-year-old employee suffered heat stroke at five o’clock in the afternoon while working on Calle de Algete in the Arganzuela district. After an initial examination of the place where he disappeared, the Samur doctors transferred him to the October 12 Hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition. His partner José Manuel González, 60, died last Friday while cleaning in Puente de Vallecas.
“As soon as he arrived the toilets warned it was heat stroke so cold measures were taken immediately but his hospitalization was necessary,” says a Samur spokesman. At least 14 cleaners in Madrid suffered from dizziness only at the weekend, according to data provided to EL PAÍS on Tuesday by the UGT union. The management of the capital’s street cleaning service will be awarded in six lots distributed among the 21 districts of Madrid.
In addition, an 89-year-old woman died this Tuesday after giving her heat stroke on a street in Madrid’s Carabanchel district in the early afternoon. The old woman, who had been on the street for two hours running errands, disappeared around half past one in the afternoon on Carrero Juan Ramón, in the Abrantes neighborhood. When the Samur Civil Protection toilets arrived, they found the woman first dizzy and then in cardiac arrest, a spokesman for Emergencies Madrid said.
Faced with the repetition of this type of cases in Madrid in recent days, the head of the Samur Guard, Nieves de Lucas, has recommended paying close attention to vulnerable and elderly people, minimizing exposure to high temperatures and staying comfortable with fluids take care of. Don’t go out unless there’s a reason, and never during the central and hottest hours of the day.
The second heat wave of the summer in Spain ended this Tuesday after at least nine days with hellish temperatures between 39° and 45°. It represents an anomaly ranging from 5 to 20 degrees above normal for the time of year, depending on the area. Although thermometers are now giving a small truce, the stifling heat will return and the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) is closely monitoring the situation should heatwaves return from Thursday.
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