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Japan heatwave kills 14 people

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FILE PHOTO: A volunteer, for recovery work, uses a pack of refrigerant to a cool down as she takes a break in a heat wave at a flood affected area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) – An intense heatwave has killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan with high temperatures hampering the recovery in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week. Temperatures surged above 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) in some inland areas and combined with high humidity to produce dangerous conditions, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Thousands more were treated in hospitals for heat-related conditions.The heat was most intense in landlocked areas such as Gifu prefecture. The capital Tokyo recorded a high of 34 Celsius on Monday.

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