Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Heatwave in Japan kills 30 people as warnings issued

Temperature in Japan hits record high at 41.1 degrees Celsius as heatwave continues Pedestrians hold shade themselves from the sunlight as they walk along a street in Tokyo. | AFP
Jeannette Daniel | 23 July, 2018, 12:26

The mercury hit 41.1 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, at 2:16 p.m., eclipsing the previous record of 41.0 C marked in August 2013 in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, while Tokyo also logged a record-high 40.8 C in the city of Ome, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Hundreds of people have been rushed to Japanese hospitals with heat stroke symptoms in the more than week-long heat wave.

In South Korea, 10 people have died of heatstroke and other heat-related causes this summer.

Among the dead was a primary school boy who collapsed after a field trip to a park 20 minutes' walk from his school.

A continuing heat wave in Japan has led to temperatures as high as 40C, with the casualties climbing up as more deaths were reported.

An updated official toll is expected later this week.

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Some areas of the country reached as high as 40.7 degrees Celsius, while in the ancient capital of Kyoto it peaked at 39.8 Celsius after days of temperatures at 38 degrees or more, a level unseen since record-keeping began.

"And at even lower temperatures, the heat can be risky for small children and elderly people, and depending on the environment and activities you are doing", she warned.

"Risks of heatstrokes are particularly high", it said, urging citizens to drink enough water and use curtains and air conditioning.

The current heatwave being the hottest on record has raised some concerns about the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

More than 200 people were killed in the floods and mudslides triggered by record rainfall earlier this month.

"Countermeasures against heat is one of the major pillars for the success of the 2020 Olympics".

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