It was July 22, when the thermometer began to rise dangerously in many parts of the country. In Athens, the problem was more intense due to the high cloud then. The cement in the buildings burned the walls and for the first time did not dampen the night.
The temperature reached 44 degrees. The worst, however, was the duration of the heat wave. For eight days in a row, the thermometer did not fall below 30 degrees or night. In the early days, no one imagined what to do. Even the newspaper accounts were legal, although on the front page of Youth on July 22, 1987 we read that the first four deaths had been recorded.
"The heat wave contributed to the deaths of four people in Athens and two in Volos who suffer from heart disease while dozens of others, mostly older, were transported with cardiorespiratory problems at various hospitals." The concern was not great because the problem was found mainly in people who already had health problems. In the next few days, however, the situation has escaped.
Filling the morgues …
On July 23, the dead had gone up, but still the number was not worrying. "Laura keeps us," we read on the front page. The heat problem worsened the interruptions of water and electricity.
On July 25, the country was in a "state of emergency." The dead had reached 300 and the number continued to rise. Sokaristiko is the reporter who reports that the hospital's morbidity cells were filled and that there was no room for the dead. "As has become known, military hospitals have placed their bodies and are already being transferred to them by other hospitals."
A day after the dead were placed in the refrigerators of the OSE railway wagons according to the report (original photo). After the seventh day of the heat, the temperature began to fall, but slowly. But the report was tragic. The deadly heatwave 1987 left behind, according to official data, 1,300 dead, of which 1115 in Attica.
Unofficial sources report that the dead have exceeded 1,500, but for political reasons the number has not been confirmed. Whatever the actual number, the 1987 heatwave is one of the country's greatest tragedies in times of peace.
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