Heat wave in eastern Europe kills 1 person

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Bosnian people seeking refreshment in the  river  Ugar  in central Bosnia, near town of Knezevo, 150 kms west from Sarajevo, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. A heat wave with daily temperature over 35 Celsius degrees caused water shortages and at least one death caused by heat (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

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BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A heat wave in Eastern Europe caused its first fatality on Thursday when a woman who had sought treatment at a hospital in Bosnia collapsed in its emergency room, a doctor said.

In Romania, France's ambassador fainted while giving a speech at his embassy.

In Bosnia, temperatures soared as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), causing asphalt to begin melting in the southern city of Mostar.

The country's Health Ministry urged citizens to stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dragoljub Djuric, a doctor at a hospital in Bosnia's northern town of Modrica, said its emergency room was overcrowded with people with heat-related problems and that one woman collapsed and died there Thursday.

Jasmina Hanjalic, a doctor at an emergency room in Sarajevo, said the people seeking treatment there included construction workers.

In Romania, French Ambassador Henri Paul fainted while giving a speech at an embassy reception to celebrate Bastille Day in France. As he fell, he was caught by Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc.

Paul recovered after drinking a glass of water, and he blamed his collapse on temperatures that reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in Bucharest.

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