Heatstroke Sufferers in Japan Hit Record in July

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--The number of people taken to hospital by ambulance due to heatstroke in Japan in July climbed to 54,220, the highest for a single month since the survey began in 2008, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday.

The figure more than doubled from the year-before level of 26,702 amid scorching heat. The death toll totaled 133 in July, also a monthly high.

By prefecture, Osaka saw the highest number of heatstroke sufferers, at 4,432, followed by Tokyo, at 4,430, and Aichi, at 4,064.

The number of sufferers per 100,000 population was highest in Okayama, at 74.94, followed by Gifu, at 67.13, and Kyoto, at 66.08.

Of the total, people aged 65 or over accounted for 48.4 pct.

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