Record 65 People Die from Heatstroke in Japan Last Week

Society

Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--The number of people who died after being taken to hospital by ambulance due to heatstroke in Japan came to a record high of 65 in the week that ended Sunday, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.

Aichi and Mie prefectures both had the largest number of deaths, at seven, followed by Saitama Prefecture, at six and Osaka and Hiroshima prefectures, at five.

The number of heatstroke sufferers transported to the hospital last week grew 2.3 times from the preceding week to 22,647, marking a record high for a week since the agency started such survey in 2008, due to the intense heat.

People aged 65 or over accounted for 46.5 pct of those taken to hospital.

By prefecture, Tokyo saw the largest number of people taken to hospital, at 1,979, followed by Aichi, at 1,954 and Osaka, at 1,779.

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