TOKYO, September 2 (RIA Novosti) -More than 40,000 people were brought to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke and 54 have died since the beginning of the hot season in Japan, Japan’s Fire and Disaster Agency reported Tuesday.
According to the statement, from May 19 to August 31, 3,290 people in Tokyo Region have been hospitalized due to heat-related issues. Saitama, Osaka, Aichi and Chiba prefectures have seen more than 2,000 heat hospitalization cases each.
During the last week of August, 687 people were hospitalized nationwide, most of them senior citizens.
The peak of this summer's heat wave in Japan came on July 26, when the thermometer read more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit at 230 of Japan's 920 meteorological stations and more than 86 degrees F at 702 stations. Seven people died that day.