693 hospitalized nationwide for heatstroke
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Monday that 693 people in 45 prefectures were hospitalized for heatstroke on Monday as temperatures soared across the nation. One of them, an 84-year-old man, died in a Niigata hospital on Monday night, the agency said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the temperature exceeded 35 degrees in 60 cities throughout Japan, with the highest being 37.6 degrees in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture.
In many prefectures, the heatstroke victims were students taking part in or watching sporting events being held on Monday, which was a national holiday, according to Fuji TV.
In Tokyo, 21 people were taken to hospital, suffering from heatstroke.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency urged people to take safeguards against heatstroke, by drinking plenty of water, sleeping on a wet pillow and using the air conditioner, if necessary.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is likely to continue until Wednesday.