Hot weather in Japan has left more than 100 people dead over the past 10 days, most of them seniors who succumbed to heatstroke indoors.
NHK has learned that 109 people across Japan died of apparent heatstroke between July 17th and 26th.
29 people died on Saturday alone, when temperatures topped 35 degrees Celsius over a wide area.
78 percent of the victims were aged 65 or older. About 60 percent of all victims died inside their homes, including 4 seniors who were bedridden.
24 collapsed while working outdoors, and 3 were found dead in vehicles.
The internal affairs ministry says 9,436 people were taken to hospital last week with symptoms of heatstroke.
The figure is roughly 8 times higher than that for the same period last year.