The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday that the number of people who were hospitalized due to heatstroke in July so far is five times more than last year. It said that 13,681 people had been hospitalized nationwide for heatstroke in the two weeks from July 1 to 14, Fuji TV reported.
The agency also said that 85 deaths since mid-May had been attributed to heatstroke. Of those, 73 were aged 65 or older.
For June, the total number of people taken to hospital for heatstroke was 4,265 which was 2.3 times higher than in 2012, Fuji reported. Of those, 49.4% were over 65 years old and 14.5% were aged 7 to 18, the agency said.© Japan Today