Deadly Heat Wave Kills 32 Across Japan In A Week, 11,219 Sent To Hospitals


Deadly heat wave kills 32 across Japan in a week, 11,219 sent to hospitalsWith the nation still baking in a record heat wave, the heat-related weekly death toll reached 32, the highest number this year, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported Aug. 11.
A total of 11,219 people, 2.3 times more than in the same period last year, were taken to the hospital in the week through Aug. 9.

The severe heat also affected the normally cool shores of Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, which experienced excessively hot days with the mercury reaching 35 degrees or higher.

The number of hospitalized patients also increased in the Kinki region from a year earlier.

Of the 11,219 people taken to hospitals with heat-related symptoms, those aged 65 or older accounted for 52.5 percent.

By prefecture, Tokyo, which experienced a record eight consecutive days of the mercury reaching 35 degrees or higher, saw the highest number of people sent to the hospital, with 971, followed by Osaka, 911, and Aichi, 749.

More than 1,000 people across the country were reported to have been taken to the hospital each day due to heat-related illnesses during the week, with the most, 1,911, dispatched on Aug. 3.

A total of 47,018 heat stroke patients have been sent to the hospital since April 27 when the agency started compiling this year's statistics. Of those, 90 died and 1,200 were reported to be seriously ill.