• Kyodo News


July saw 17,750 heatstroke victims taken to hospitals nationwide, and 95 of them died, a final report by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday.

Both figures of people hospitalized and deaths were the highest for the month since the agency started compiling relevant data in 2008, as temperatures continued to soar across the country.

The number of patients and deaths rose by 70 and one, respectively, from a preliminary report released Aug. 3.

The number of people hospitalized in July rose 3.4-fold from a year earlier and 1.4-fold from July 2008, the agency said.

By age bracket, 48.6 percent were aged 65 or higher, while by location, Aichi Prefecture with 1,669 had the most patients, followed by Tokyo with 1,526, Saitama with 1,484 and Osaka with 1,055.

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