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Japan: 12,000 succumb to heatwave

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Japanese heat wave pushes temperature to record. Reuters

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s severe heatwave killed at least 15 people and sent more than 12,000 to hospital in the first two weeks of July, official figures show as the temperature neared 40 degrees C (104 F) in many cities on Sunday. More than 9,900 people were rushed to hospital during the week to mid-July, jumping from 2,700 in the previous week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Kyodo News agency reported that at least 11 people, mostly elderly citizens, died on Saturday alone from suspected heatstroke. A total of 3,091 ambulances were dispatched in Tokyo on Saturday, a record for a single day, it said.

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