Japan heatwave kills two, hundreds taken to hospital
Two people have been killed and hundreds treated in hospital after a weekend heatwave swept over Japan, officials and reports said Sunday.
A 74-year-old women collapsed while working in a greenhouse in the eastern prefecture of Chiba on Saturday and was later pronounced dead.
In Ibaraki, also in the east of the country, a 61-year-old was found collapsed in her garden and died.
On Sunday, a 76-year-old man was taken to hospital unconscious in Sera, in the western prefecture of Hiroshima, after collapsing near a river bank.
"He is suspected of having a heatstroke," a local ambulance worker told AFP by telephone.
The official said there were unconfirmed reports that the man had been working in rice paddies before collapsing.
The temperature reached 33 degrees C (91F) in central Tokyo by mid-afternoon Sunday with over 36 degrees C (97 F) recorded in Tatebayashi, north of the capital.
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