Heatwave in Pakistan kills 65 people and leaves dozens passing out in the street

10:38 • 23.05.18



Dozens of people are feared to have died in a heatwave gripping Pakistan's largest city Karachi this week, a charity in the sprawling metropolis said Tuesday, as temperatures hit 108F (42C).


The non-profit Edhi Foundation said scores may have been killed by the sweltering weather, with double the usual number of bodies sent to the city's morgues in recent days, the Daily Mail reports.


“We have received 180 dead bodies in the last four days which is more than double of what we receive normally,” said Faisal Edhi, head of the welfare organisation which oversees a variety of public health projects - including morgues and ambulance services.


“The majority of these were sudden deaths because of the heatwave as claimed by their relatives, which we cannot independently verify.”


The provincial government in Sindh province disputed the estimate.

 

“Only one casualty has been reported due to heat stroke so far,” said Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh told AFP.


The heatwave coincides with the beginning of Ramadan, when millions of devout Pakistanis abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.


The Pakistan Meteorological Department warned “hot to very hot weather is likely to prevail in Karachi during next 2-3 days”, forecasting highs of 44 degrees Celsius during the period.


Aamir Habib, from Karachi's Korangi, said his brother was among the dead and had been rushed to the hospital after collapsing at work on Monday.

 

People sleep on a pavement, to escape the heat and frequent power outages 

A boy reacts as he receives a spray of cold water, to avoid the intense heatwave

A leaking water pipe provides an opportunity for these people to get some relief from the heat

The broken pipe attracted a large crowd of people keen to escape the blistering heat 

People resting from the heat in a mosque in Karachi, where temperatures reached 108F

Pakistanis cool off at the beach in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city 

Men and children cool off from the heatwave, as they are sprayed with water coming out of a leaking water pipe

A health official pours water on a man's head in a bid to prevent heat stroke 

Residents of Karachi sleeping on the pavement has become a common sight during the heatwave

Volunteers from Edhi Foundation give a cool shower to an elderly man 





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