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4 dead, more than 900 hospitalized for heatstroke
TOKYO —Four people died and 916 were hospitalized for heatstroke as a searing heatwave took its toll across Japan on Thursday, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the temperature topped 30 degrees in 682 locations nationwide, and surpassed 35 degrees in 111 locations. Thursday’s highest temperature was 38 degrees in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture. The mercury rose to 37.8 in Mie Prefecture, 37.5 in Shizuoka and 35.4 in Tokyo.
The four deaths were reported in Hyogo (1), Saitama (1) and Yamaguchi (2) prefectures, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue through next week and forecast higher temperatures than average for August and September.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is urging people to drink plenty of water, increase their intake of salt, make sure their rooms are well ventilated and use air conditioning.
Record high 5,467 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 16-22
TOKYO —The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 5,467 people were taken to hospital nationwide to be treated for heatstroke in the week from July 16 to July 22.
It was a record high number of heatstroke victims for one week and more than doubled the figure of 2,622 for the previous week as temperatures soared across the nation for five days in a row, the agency said.
The highest number occurred on July 17 when 1,323 people were treated for heatstroke, the agency said.
Seventeen deaths in 11 prefectures had been attributed to heatstroke, NHK reported. The most number of heatstroke cases were reported in Tokyo, Saitama, Aichi and Osaka.