The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 39,944 people have been taken to hospital nationwide to be treated for heatstroke since May 27. The agency also said that 78 deaths had been attributed to heatstroke up to Monday.
The number of people being treated for heatstroke is 30% more than for the same period last year, Fuji TV reported. Of the total, more than 50% were aged 65 and older, the agency said.
The number jumped dramatically since the current heatwave hit last week with 9,815 hospitalized as of Monday, the agency said.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the heatwave is expected to continue until at least the end of next week.
The agency has issued heat warnings for 38 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, telling people to keep drink water regularly and keep air conditioners turned on.
Hokkaido has been spared the heatwave, with Kushiro consistently being the coolest place to be in summer, with temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees.© Japan Today