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Heatstroke kills three in Japan, thousands hospitalised

Published on Jul 23, 2014 4:34 PM
 
Pedestrians use their parasols to avoid strong sunlight in Tokyo on June 1, 2014. Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead while 3,000 others were rushed to hospital due to heatstroke, officials said on July 23. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead while 3,000 others were rushed to hospital due to heatstroke, officials said Wednesday.

The mercury soared past 30 deg C with high humidity as the country's month-long rainy season comes to an end, after a typhoon battered the country's south earlier this month.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said three people died from heatstroke last week while a total of 3,179 people were taken to hospital, spiking from 2,473 a week earlier.

Among the dead was a 76-year-old woman who was found collapsed inside a greenhouse in a coastal city east of Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK reported.

 
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