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Weather kills 2,000 people a year, cold main offender


Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 17:24 GMT -

The weather kills around 2,000 people in America each year with cold linked to two-thirds of the deaths, according to a government report.

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 10,649 deaths were attributed to weather-related causes in the United States during 2006–2010.

Around 63% were linked to all excessive natural cold or hypothermia, while about 31% were heat related. The remaining 6% – despite taking more of the media attention – were linked to floods, storms or lightning.

Over two-thirds of weather-related deaths were men and boys, with men twice as likely as women to die from storms, floods or lightning strikes.

“This study found, as studies for earlier time periods have reported, that older persons, males, and non-Hispanic black persons had higher weather-related mortality rates than other ages, females, and other race and ethnicity subgroups,” it said.  

“This study also found that weather-related death rates were 2 to 7 times as high in low-income counties as in high-income counties.”

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