Heat Wave in South Korea on July 24 2018 01:48 PM (UTC).
The continuing heat wave has claimed the lives of millions of livestock across the country. Nonghyup Property and Casualty Insurance said that, as of Wednesday, it had received reports of the deaths of three-million-232-thousand livestock due to the hot weather this year resulting in an estimated total loss of 17-point-three billion won. They include three-million chickens, 176-thousand ducks and 14-thousand pigs. An official of the insurer said two-point-19 million livestock, or about two thirds of the affected animals, died during a two-week period following the onset of the heat wave on July eleventh. Farms in North Jeolla Province were hit hardest, reporting the deaths of 881-thousand livestock, followed by South Chungcheong at 593-thousand and South Jeolla at 545-thousand. Around 95 percent of the farmhouses across the country are subscribing to the animal disaster insurance policy from Nonghyup or the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation. The central government covers 50 percent of the insurance premiums, while local governments can provide additional financial assistance to the policy's subscribers.
At least 29 people have died due to heatstroke in South Korea and more than 2 200 suffered heat-related conditions, as prolonged and record-breaking heatwave engulfs the country. The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) said the country is undergoing an extended heatwave, with at least 15 days of temperatures over 35 °C (95 °F). Capital Seoul recorded 39.6 °C (103.2 °F) on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, making it the hottest day the city has seen in 111 years. The town of Hongcheon, in the northeastern province of Gangwon, recorded a record high of 41 °C (105.8 °F) on the same day, the highest temperature in South Korea since records began in 1904. By August 5, 60% of the country recorded the hottest weather in the country's modern history. The heat's been continuing after dark and into the mornings, causing what meteorologists call "tropical nights." Authorities reported more than 3 million deaths of livestock, while vegetable prices doubled due to supplies being affected. Temperatures eased up on August 5 and 6, with showers in some regions. It'll be a little cooler from now on, especially in the morning, meteorologists said. In neighboring North Korea, state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that this year's high temperatures are an unprecedented natural disaster. The North Korean government has called on its people to wage an 'all-out battle' against a record heatwave as the country's already fragile crops face drought and the authorities struggle to respond.
South Korea's highest-ever morning low was recorded in the city of Gangneung, where the temperature was 31°C at 6.45am. The morning low in Seoul was 29.2° C, a record for the country's capital, according to South Korea's weather agency. The mercury hit 40 deg°C (104 deg F) in the south-eastern town of Hayang, the highest temperature in the country so far this year. Meanwhile, an "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said Tuesday, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." In the week to Sunday at least 65 people died of heat stroke while 22,647 people were hospitalised, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said in a statement. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that a total of 80 people have died from the heat since the beginning of July, and over 35,000 have been hospitalised.