In Pak­istan, heat deaths top 1,000

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD - By Aoun Sahi Sahi is a spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent.

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.

Re­han Khan Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

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.

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