Ten more people died Thursday from a heat wave that continued to grip Japan, raising the death toll to more than 30 since July 9, with the public warned to brace for more scorching weather over coming days. The extreme heat — which rose to as high as 40.7 C in central Japan on Wednesday — has caused more than 10,000 people to be sent to hospitals, according to a Kyodo News tally. The 10 fatalities were from seven prefectures. On Thursday, the mercury continued to hover well over 35 C in many areas of Japan, with Kyoto registering 39.8 C. Among those who died was an 80-year-old woman believed to be working at a farm in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, and another woman in her 90s in a field in Yabu, Hyogo Prefecture. A man in his 80s, who was mowing a rice paddy in Soja, Okayama Prefecture, also died. In Tokyo alone, rescuers responded to more than 3,000 emergency calls on Wednesday, a single-day record, preliminary data from the Tokyo Fire Department showed Thursday. The number of emergency calls broke the previous record of 2,900 set the previous day. A total of 317 people, aged between 1 and 105,… Read full this story
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