August 13, 2013 11:14
A prolonged heat wave is taking its toll on the country, with an increasing number of people falling prey to heatstroke.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said on Monday that as of Sunday, eight people were confirmed to have died of heatstroke, with another five suspected to have fallen victim to the same scourge.
From early June to last Sunday, 875 people visited hospitals for illnesses related to the unrelenting heat that has gripped the nation. On Sunday alone, 82 people were treated for heatstroke and other heat-related conditions.
The public is responding by taking extra precautions. Workers at farms, construction sties and factories are taking extended breaks in the afternoons. Schools have also lengthened the summer vacation period, or otherwise shortened class hours.
The number of livestock deaths due to the scorching heat has also risen. As of Monday, a total of 919,066 livestock animals at 463 farms across the country have died, including 805,671 chickens, 113,329 ducks and 66 pigs.
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