The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that 6,165 people nationwide were taken to hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion between July 13 and July 19. The figure was double the week before when 3,058 people were treated.
The agency said 14 deaths had been attributed to the heat during the same weeklong period, Fuji TV reported.
By prefecture, Saitama had the highest number of people being treated for heat exhaustion, at 605, followed by Tokyo (578), Osaka (340) and Kanagawa (339). Fifty-four perecent of patients were aged 65 or older.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the Japanese archipelago continues to be in the grip of extreme heat brought on by a high pressure system colliding with warm air and the end of the rainy season. The scorching weather is expected to continue through the weekend.© Japan Today