Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures

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Children play in a water fountain in a Tokyo park, as a heatwave grips Japan, 10 July 2018Image source, Getty Images
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The heatwave has filled public parks, but also caused many deaths

People across Japan have been urged to take precautions against a heatwave that has killed about 30 people.

Thousands more have sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions over the past two weeks.

Temperatures reached 40.7C (105F) in central Japan earlier this week, a five-year nationwide peak.

In the city of Kyoto temperatures have stood above 38C (100.4F) for seven days in a row for the first time since records began in the 19th Century.

The Japanese education ministry told schools to take thorough measures to prevent heat stroke after a six-year-old boy died following an outdoor class in Aichi Prefecture on Tuesday.

Japan's meteorological agency urged people to drink sufficient water to prevent heat exhaustion.

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The heatwave has caused misery for volunteers in flooded parts of Japan

The temperatures are also complicating flood recovery efforts in western Japan, as many volunteers struggle with the heat.

More than 200 people were killed in the floods and mudslides triggered by record rainfall earlier this month.