Deadly heat wave: Karachi Heat Wave
Published: June 22, 2015
Deadly heat wave: Karachi Heat Wave, A heatwave in Pakistan has killed more than 180 people, according to health officials, as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi.
Temperatures in Karachi, the country’s largest city, hit 45 degrees Celsius at the weekend, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47C in June 1979.
A further 11 deaths were reported in southern parts of central Punjab province.
Dr Sabir Memon, a senior health official in southern Sindh province, said the official death toll was 180 and warned the death toll was likely to rise in the evening.
National Disaster Management (NDMA) spokesman Ahmed Kamal said the government had asked the army and paramilitary rangers to help relief efforts which will include setting up heatstroke treatment centres around the city.
Sindh provincial health secretary Saeed Mangnejo said the provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelled leave for doctors and other medical staff, and increased stocks of medical supplies.
Dr Seemin Jamali, the head of the emergency department at state-run Jinnah Hospital, said more than 100 people had died at the hospital.
“They all died of heat stroke,” Dr Jamali said.
Pakistan’s meteorological office said temperatures hit 43C in Karachi on Sunday and 49C in the south-western city of Turbat near the Iranian border.
More hot and humid weather was predicted for the coming 24 hours, though thunderstorms forecast for later in the week could bring cooler weather.
Doctors advised people to avoid exposure to the sun and wear light cotton clothes.
The high temperatures were made worse by frequent power outages, sparking protests in several parts of Karachi, a sprawling city of 20 million.
Electricity cuts also crippled Karachi’s water supply system, hampering the pumping of millions of gallons of water to consumers, the state-run water utility said.
The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, during which devout Muslims abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours, began on Friday, coinciding with what is usually the hottest time of year in Pakistan.
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