In the southern Pakistani city of Karachi at least 60 people have died from a heat-related illness, rescue officials say, as temperatures soared to 44 degrees Celsius in the country’s largest city during Ramadan.

Faisal Edhi, chief of the Edhi Foundation rescue service has said with the rise of temperatures most of those who have died so far during the heat wave were elderly or had existing health complications.

Back in June 2015, over 1,200 people died of heat-related illnesses in Karachi during a similar heat wave.

With the intense heat and deaths this year there are concerns that the situation could spiral, as it did during the 2015 heat wave, with hospital officials saying that mortuaries were overflowing and public sector hospitals were overwhelmed with thousands of patients every day.


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