The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that the number of people transported to hospitals due to heatstroke exceeded 17,700 in July, the highest number since records started being kept in 2008. Of those, 102 persons died in 33 metropolitan areas, with Aichi Prefecture and Tokyo recording the highest numbers, the agency said in a statement.
Elderly people accounted for 71% of all cases. In other notable cases, a 3-year-old and a 1-year- old child died from causes attributed to heatstroke after being left inside a car for a long period of time.
Meanwhile, public broadcaster NHK reported that more than half of those who died indoors are believed to have suffered heatstroke where there was no air-conditioning or it was not used, due to the government's request to cut back on power consumption.
The Fire and Disaster Management agency predicts more heat to come and continues to issue warnings.© Japan Today