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Third heat-related death reported in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A third death due to heat stroke has been reported in Playa del Carmen. Late Friday, health officials reported on the death of an 18-year-old man from the southwestern municipality of José María Morelos.

The teen, Irving “I”, was in Playa del Carmen when he was admitted at an IMSS for heat stroke.

State Health Secretariat (SESA) head Carlos Flavio Rosado confirmed the state’s third heat-related death this year. He reported that the young man was admitted to hospital Thursday for overexposure and died less than 24 hours later.

The third death happened at the same time state authorities began warning Quintana Roo residents about being outside due to the extreme heat. It is already Mexico’s third heat wave of the hot season, which, normally begins in April, officially began in mid-March this year.

Two other people, both also in Playa del Carmen, have died due to heat-related illnesses. The state of Quintana Roo currently ranks fourth in Mexico for heat-related hospitalizations during the 2023 summer season.