Week­long heat wave in south of Pak­istan kills 1,233 peo­ple


A dev­as­tat­ing week­long heat wave in Pak­istan’s south­ern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 souls, an of­fi­cial said.

Nazar Mo­ham­mad Boz­dar, oper­a­tions di­rec­tor at the Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, said about 65,000 heat­stroke pa­tients were treated by doc­tors at all of Karachi’s hos­pi­tals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

He told The As­so­ci­ated Press that 1,923 pa­tients with heatre­lated ail­ments were still be­ing treated.

“The gov­ern­ment quickly re­sponded by mak­ing ar­range­ments for the treat­ment of heat­stroke pa­tients and the sit­u­a­tion has im­proved now,” he said.

Pak­istan’s dead­li­est heat wave on record co­in­cided with the holy Mus­lim month of Ramadan, when Pak­istan’s Mus­lim ma­jor­ity ob­served a dawn-to-dusk fast.

The tem­per­a­tures in Karachi came down to 34 de­grees Cel­sius af­ter reach­ing 45 de­grees Cel­sius a week ago amid chronic power out­ages, which forced many res­i­dents to spend nights out­doors.

The heat wave shocked many Pak­ista­nis just weeks af­ter soar­ing tem­per­a­tures caused nearly 2,200 deaths in neigh­bor­ing In­dia.

Since then, it has raised fears that South Asia could be see­ing some of the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of hu­man-caused cli­mate change.

On Satur­day, TV footage showed a char­ity bury­ing sev­eral uniden­ti­fied bod­ies of peo­ple who died ear­lier this week be­cause of the heat­stroke. Pak­istani tele­vi­sion sta­tions re­ported that sev­eral uniden­ti­fied bod­ies were buried by the Edhi Foun­da­tion char­ity be­cause lo­cal morgues were over­flow­ing.

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