In Pakistan, heat deaths top 1,000
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The toll from the sweltering heat wave in Pakistan’s largest city continued to rise Thursday, surpassing more than 1,000 dead, according to state- run television, even as temperatures began to drop.
The high temperature in Karachi was 100 degrees, closer to seasonal averages and several degrees lower than earlier in the week, as a sea breeze blew over the port city, officials said. The temperature had reached 113 degrees Sunday.
“The temperature will remain normal in the coming days,” said Ghulam Rasool, head of Pakistan’s government meteorological office.
The number of victims arriving at hospitals in the southern city slowed considerably, although 35 bodies were received at morgues operated by the Edhi Foundation, a social welfare group, said its spokesman, Anwar Kazmi.
It was the lowest number of bodies this week at the morgues, which received 750 heatstroke victims over the last five days, Kazmi said.
State- run broadcaster PTV put the death toll at more than 1,000.
Many people in predominantly Muslim Pakistan are observing the holy month of Ramadan, which requires abstaining from food and water from dawn until dusk. Religious scholars have asked devotees to break the fast if they feel ill from the heat.
WORKERS PREPARE a mass grave in Karachi, Pakistan, for victims of the heat wave. The high temperature in Karachi on Thursday was 100 degrees, down from 113 on Sunday, as a sea breeze blew over the port city.