Heatwave Death Toll Growing in Japan


Over two thousand people in nine Japan prefectures, including Osaka and Saitama, were taken to the hospital with a heat stroke, 13 victims have fallen victims of unprecedented heatwave since the beginning of this week, according to a Tuesday report by the country’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

In July alone, a total of 80 people have died from the heat and over 35,000 have been hospitalised.

The meteorological service of Japan said the temperature in Saitama prefecture on July 23 reached 41.1 degrees Celsius, setting a new historic record for the country. The maximum air temperature in Tokyo and Gifu prefecture has exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, first time in the history of meteorological observations. 70 percent observation posts throughout the country recorded temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, and 26 percent posts reported 35 degrees Celsius.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency on Tuesday urged the population of the country to take seriously the prevention of thermal shock, which can be deadly.

As reported by Kyodo, last week in all of Japan at least 21 thousand people were taken to hospital with a heat stroke, 65 of them died.

“As a record heatwave continues to blanket the country, urgent measures are required to protect the lives of schoolchildren,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters Tuesday. The comment was in response to the death of a six-year-old school boy who lost consciousness on his way back from a field trip and subsequently died in hospital.

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