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4 dead as post-heatwave storms sweep Croatia, Slovenia

A powerful storm with strong winds and heavy rain hit Croatia and Slovenia on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring several others, police and local media outlets said.

The storm was the second in two days to sweep over the two countries following a string of extremely hot and dry days. Elsewhere in Europe, a heat wave caused wildfires and public health warnings.

Two men died in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, after they were hit by falling trees, Croatian police said. A 50-year-old man was struck while outside in the street, and a 48-year-old man was in his car, a police statement said. Earlier, emergency doctor Ljupka Hitrova told the official Hina news agency that the two victims had multiple head injuries.

HEAT WAVE EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY THIS WEEK LEADING TO INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACKS, DEATHS, ACCORDING TO WMO

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Slovenia and Croatia have reported at least four deaths caused by violent storms in the aftermath of a heatwave. (Fox News)

Zagreb’s emergency services asked citizens to be patient as hundreds of calls for help came in at once.

“We are appealing to the citizens to call only if in a life-threatening situation or of utmost necessity until the situation stabilizes,” Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomasevic said on Twitter.

A similar situation was reported in neighboring Slovenia, where high wind toppled trees and blew off roofs.

Powerful storms also caused chaos in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia late Tuesday, toppling trees, tearing roofs off buildings and causing power outages.

Emergency services in the three countries reported hundreds of interventions as the storm swept through the region. It also brought a much-sought relief from the heat.

Slovenian authorities said tens of thousands of people were left without electricity and scores of campers evacuated their camps as strong winds overturned their tents on Tuesday night.

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