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Heat wave kills 4 people, hospitalizes more than 3,000 in Japan.

TOKYO, July 14 (KUNA) -- A total of 3,058 people were taken to hospital due to symptoms of heatstroke in the week through July 12 in Japan, four of whom died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The figure was 6.5 times higher than 471 people marked in the previous seven days, the agency said in a preliminary report. Of all the people taken to hospital, about half were aged 65 or older, the agency said in a preliminary report. In Tokyo alone, 162 people were taken to hospital last week after collapsing or showing what appeared to be heatstroke-related symptoms. The mercury topped 35 degrees Celsius in some areas on Tuesday, with the highest temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius registered in Tatebayashi City, northwest of Tokyo. The Japan Meteorological Agency urged people to drink water frequently as a precaution against heatstroke. The weather agency said typhoon Nangka, which is heading for Japan, is expected to bring down the mercury on Wednesday. (end) mk.gta

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Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Jul 14, 2015
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