12 Aug '11, 7am

Japan heatwave kills four, sends 900 to hospital

Japan heatwave kills four, sends 900 to hospital

A blistering summer heatwave in Japan has claimed four lives and seen 900 people hospitalised this week, media said on Friday, amid an energy saving campaign due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (AFP) - A blistering summer heatwave in Japan has claimed four lives and seen 900 people hospitalised this week, media said on Friday, amid an energy saving campaign due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The mercury has risen above 35 deg C for three days in a row in much of Japan, where the thermostats of most air-conditioners have been turned down to reduce electricity consumption. More than two-thirds of Japan's nuclear reactors are offline five months after the March 11 quake and tsunami sparked the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Four people died of heat stroke on Thursday - two farmers, a securi...

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