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Heatwave number 2: Hosepipe bans, cyanobacteria, botulism and death.

The year's second heatwave is turning out to be a bit of a downer. The newspapers are full of warnings of the country's open waters falling prey to cyanobacteria, botulism and other pestilences. Plant life is visibly affected now - grass is drying out in quite a few places. Hosepipe bans are in place in many localities. And the heat is beginning to kill. In the venerable four-day walking event the Vierdaagse van Nijmegen (AKA International Four Days' Marches Nijmegen, more than 300 people became unwell as a result of the heat, five of them so unwell that they needed reanimation, and two of them died. With higher temperatures expected for tomorrow, the event, which had three days yet to go, has been canceled.
The Vierdaagse has been shortened before, but this is the first time ever that the event has been canceled in peace time.

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