TOKYO (Reuters) – Two weeks after Japan's heatwave, at least 80 people have died and thousands taken to emergency rooms as officials on Tuesday urged citizens to stay indoors to avoid temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius Some areas
"Record temperatures throughout the country continue and emergency measures to protect students and their wellbeing have become a problem," said Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga
The public broadcaster NHK recommended frequent sips of water to people Moisturizing advised them to restore the salinity, which is exhausted by the sweat, and to stay indoors. There were also videos with instructions on how to treat victims of light heat stroke.
Tuesday's temperatures reached 40 ° C in many cities, just before the 41.1 ° C record in the city of Kumagaya, northwest of the capital. The temperatures in the center of Tokyo, where an Olympic stadium is being built, hovered near 35 degrees C.
People turned off their air conditioning, Japan Electric Power Exchange prices rose to its highest level in five years, that they have reached multi-year highs.
More people die from the heat, figures from the Fire and Defense Management Agency (FDMA) show. In the week ended July 22, 65 people died, compared to 12 in the past week and only three in the seven days before, the FDMA said.
At least 13 more people died Monday, Kyodo Newswire said.
The elderly make up the vast majority of deaths, "said Fumiaki Fujibe, a researcher in the geography department of the Tokyo Metropolitan University.
" About half of the people sent to emergency departments are over 65 but 80 percent of those deaths.
The seething heat has also heightened the concern for the safety of athletes and spectators at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
In the application materials for the event, the city described the months of July and August as "many Days of mild and sunny weather "" provide an ideal climate for athletes. "
But there could be a rest break.
The heat will slightly decline this week as a high pressure zone, which is responsible for moving to the west and east, allowing humid air to bring rain to some scorched areas, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.
(Coverage by Tim Kelly, Kaori Kaneko Kwiyeon Ha and Aaron Sheldrick; Edited by Clarence Fernandez)