Posted: 24 November, 2016
Four People Have Now Died Following Monday's Storm
"Thunderstorm asthma" has killed four people in Melbourne.
A least four people have died following an outbreak of “thunderstorm asthma” on Monday, The Age reports.
The National Home Doctor Service sent doctors to more than 100 cases of asthma sufferers on Monday night and Tuesday night – while emergency services struggled to cope with the outbreak.
At least four people have died, including 20-year-old law student Hope Carnevali, Greenvale high school student Omar Moujalled.
Father-of two, Clarence Leo and Apollo Papadopoulos also died following the weather event – the Age reports.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy has commissioned a review of the emergency response.
"Unpredictable weather patterns and the impact on health I think is a new emerging frontier for public health risks," she said.
More than 1000 people inundated the city’s hospitals and almost 2000 calls for ambulances were made in five hours when Monday’s storm hit.