Heatwave Leaves 700 Dead

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Extreme Weather Continues in Karachi

A heatwave in Pakistan’s Sindh province has left over 700 people dead.

According to health officials, the majority of deaths have taken place in Karachi, the province’s largest city, where temperatures have reached as high as 45C (113F) recently.

 

The majority of fatalities involved elderly people, the head of the emergency department at Jinnah Hospital in Karachi said.

 

Provincial health secretary Saeed Mangnejo said, “Since Saturday 114 people have died in Karachi and eight others in three districts of Sindh”.

 

The city has seen power cut due to the high demand of electricity.

 

He said that government hospitals were treating hundreds of patients suffering from ill effects of the heatwave.

 

The Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth, which usually receives about 20 bodies a day, has also reported an increased number of bodies being brought in.

According to media reports, over 150 bodies have been taken into the morgue since Saturday.

 

“We are anticipating a sea breeze will set in some time. The temperature will come down as the monsoon rain enters the Sindh coast, bringing rain to the city,” Ghulam Rasool, director-general of the Meteorological Department, said 

 

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