Friday, July 1, 2022

Japan: Heat wave swallows 11 lives, 5665 hospitalized


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

In Japan, at least 11 died and 5, 665 had to be hospitalized after suffering from symptoms of fatigue due to heat waves, authorities said.

The local media reported that Japan is currently facing a deadly heat wave following a prolonged rain earlier this month, raising concerns over Tokyo’s ability to protect athletes and spectators ahead of next year’s Olympics.

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One of the 28-year-old entertainers at the Osaka amusement park collapsed after a full night’s practice on Sunday night. Following that, organizers of the show held in Hirakata city said all forms of costume performances would be canceled throughout the summer.

While those hospitalized last week, one of them, aged 65, and the rest aged between 18 and 65.

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The number of victims has tripled from 1,948 in the first week.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) officially announced on Monday that the ‘tsuyu’ (snails) in Kanto region, including Tokyo and the surrounding areas of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, that was 30 days later than last year, and eight days late in the year.

The incident occurred after central Tokyo experienced cloudy weather throughout July. The sun is only visible for three hours or less for 20 days ending July 16th.

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Tokyo’s highest temperature last night was 35.4 degrees Celsius, recorded in Nerima, northwest.

Some cities experience the hottest weather in Japan, including Tajimi in Gifu (37.1 degrees Celsius), Kyoto (36.8 degrees Celsius) and Hatoyama in Saitama (36.6 degrees Celsius). Heat waves are among the hottest news and weather forecasts often provide advice.

The JMA also advises people to drink water frequently, to protect themselves from sunlight by using curtains and large umbrellas or wearing hats when outdoors.

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