5 dead, over 1,500 hospitalized due to heatstroke
Five people died and 1,525 were hospitalized for heatstroke on Saturday, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported.
Temperatures remained high across the nation for the seventh day in a row, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The highest temperature was 38.4 degrees in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. The mercury surpassed 35 degrees in more than 130 locations across the nation.
The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue at least until next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency is urging elderly people to check that the setting on their air conditioning units have been changed from heating. A number of elderly people have been found dead due to heatstroke and authorities said the units were still on heating from last winter.