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Record heat wave blamed in deaths
TOKYO — Japan sizzled through its hottest day on record as a heat wave killed at least nine yesterday and threatened power supplies strained by a recent earthquake, authorities and press reports said.
The mercury hit 105.6 degrees in the western city of Tajimi in the afternoon, breaking a national record of 105.4 degrees set in 1933, the Meteorological Agency said. In the Hachioji region of Tokyo, temperatures reached 101.7 degrees, breaking the record of 101.3 degrees for August.
Nine persons died from heatstroke, including an 84-year-old man and a teenage boy who was taken to a hospital two days ago in Tokyo, Kyodo News agency reported. Three others died from heatstroke Wednesday, it said. Many others were hospitalized.
Outbreaks prompt ban of pork imports
PHNOM PENH — Cambodia yesterday banned the import of live pigs and pork products, citing fears that outbreaks of pork-borne diseases in other countries could devastate farms here.
The move was made as China battles an outbreak of blue ear disease that led to a mass cull of pigs.
In neighboring Vietnam, 26 persons were admitted to a Hanoi hospital with a bacterial infection from diseased pigs, leading to two confirmed deaths.
Twenty others were treated this year in southern Vietnam for the same illness.
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