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Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 17.08.2010
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
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Area: Statewide
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Severity: Hight
Event details
A heatwave in Japan is being blamed for more than 60 deaths as more than 15,000 people have needed hospital treatment. With temperatures soaring past 35 degrees Celsius in most of the country, sales of beer and air conditioners have skyrocketed. But authorities say the heatwave has also caused at least 66 deaths. Some died from heatstroke, while others drowned while trying to beat the heat. More than 15,000 people have been treated for heatstroke in hospital. Japan's meteorological agency is predicting the hottest summer in 100 years, with temperatures rising dramatically since the end of the annual rainy season earlier this month. Heat exhaustion has claimed 132 lives in Japan this summer, with 31,579 people hospitalized since May 31 as an intense heat wave engulfed the country, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. In July alone, 17,680 people were taken to hospital for heat exhaustion, of whom 94 died - both record highs for the month, the agency said. "Statistics are moving at the worst pace since 2008 when our agency began to compile relevant data, so we want people to remain alert with late-summer heat expected to stay intense," said an unnamed agency official. Among those taken to hospital, 48 per cent were aged 65 or over, the agency said. The Meteorological Agency said the heat wave continued to cover much of Japan due to a high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, the temperature exceeded 35 degrees Celsius in many areas, the agency said.
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