14 people killed due to heat stroke in Japan

Heatwave in Japan claims lives of 14 people as thousands hospitalised over course of week

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Fourteen people were killed and 6,165 others admitted to hospitals over the last week as a heatwave swept Japan, the country’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) announced on Wednesday.  

The heatwave began last week after a typhoon crossed over southern Japan, as the seasonal rain front shifted north of the country.

“Japan is in the grip of intense heat brought by a high-pressure system after typhoon passed over southern Japan last weekend,” Fuji TV reported.

Fatalities associated with the heatstroke, consisted mostly of elderly people who suffered from heart attacks due to temperatures that surpassed 39 degree Celsius, accompanied with sultry weather all around the country.

Although a heatstroke can indicate a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, dry skin, tachycardia, tachypnea, confusion, disorientation and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma, the most remarkable symptom being the rise of body temperature above 40 degree Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit).

An official from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency pointed out the importance of drinking water to avoid dehydration.

“Our bodies are not used to high temperatures at this time of the year, so we should drink water often even if we are not thirsty (to avoid dehydration).”

The Japan Meteorological Agency, last Wednesday, reported that the average global surface temperature in June was 0.41 degree Celsius higher when compared with the average which registered between 1981 and 2010.

Remarkable findings from the report included the temperature for June being 0.76 degree Celsius above the average for the 20th century.

Last year in July, the deadly heat wave claimed more than 15 lives and triggered hundreds of thousands of cases of heatstroke symptoms in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies