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Rising electricity prices could see deaths rise

Up to 130 people will be killed each year by heat waves in Adelaide by 2050 as a result of rising electricity prices, an organisation has claimed.

The state's road toll will soon be overtaken by this figure, according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Peter Sharley, AMA president, explained that rising bills are to blame, as old people can't afford air conditioning, Adelaide Now reports.

He said: "There are older people who cannot afford to keep their air conditioning running and I actually think these figures are conservative if (electricity price rises) keep going.

"Heat-related death is not just passing out in the heat; it can be people with kidney failure or heart failure who cannot handle increases in temperature."

The Daily Telegraph heard that UnitingCare Australia is becoming increasingly concerned about how vulnerable people in society are coping with hot weather.

National director with the organisation Lin Hatfield Dodds said as electricity prices keep rising, cooling systems will be viewed as a luxury.

And given that less wealthy people are more likely to be living in homes with inadequate insulation, they are more likely to be exposed to the heat.

Posted by Charlie Moore