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Melbourne’s asthma thunderstorm claims a sixth victim

Three people still in a critical condition.

A freak ‘asthma thunderstorm’ that hit Melbourne last week has resulted in the death of six people so far.

A further five patients are still in intensive care in hospital, with three in critical condition.

A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said the thunderstorm was ‘a tragic and unforeseen event and hospitals are continuing to treat 12 people for a variety of respiratory and other related conditions, in addition to those in ICU care.’

The unusual natural disaster overwhelmed the Victorian state’s emergency services and lead to more than 500 people being hospitalised and more than 8500 being treated for complications.

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