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Five people have died as a result of thunderstorm asthma in Australia


Five people have died and six others are still being treated in intensive care after a thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne on Monday, reports The Guardian

Extreme winds and air moisture during Monday evening's thunderstorm broke pollen particles in the air up into small enough pieces to enter a person's lungs. 

The latest victim is believed to have died at Northern hospital in Epping on Friday night. A hospital spokesman said that the thunderstorm-induced asthma led to other medical complications for that person. 

Hospitals in Melbourne are continuing to treat four people in critical condition and another 20 for other respiratory conditions. 

The inspector general will be opening an inquiry into how emergency services handled the crisis. 

People online are surprised at the storm's effects. 

Images of the storm have circulated on social media. 

And many people have been quick to blame the effects of the storm on climate change. 

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