A scorching heat wave in Pakistan killed at least 780 lives in Karachi as authorities ordered closure of all educational institutions and government offices and the army has also been called in to deal with the situation.
The devastating heat wave, sweeping across Sindh province, has been continuing since the first day of Ramjan, wreaking havoc and triggering an emergency situation in major hospitals of the province.
A morgue run by the charity Edhi Foundation has received more than 400 people who died due to complications from the heat in the past three days, official Anwar Kazmi told Reuters, adding, “Our morgue is working close to its capacity. We are advising people not to delay burials and try to bury their dead as early as possible in this heat.”
The death toll in worst-hit Karachi has topped 630 with another eight to 10 people dead in other parts of southern Sindh as a result of soaring temperatures, a senior health official was quoted as saying by media reports.
According to reports, temperatures of 44 to 45 degrees Celsius have been recorded in Karachi since 19, June with the scorching heat continuing till today although the met office has forecast a break in the heatwave by this evening.
“We had until yesterday evening nearly 200 deaths from this heatwave,” said Seemi Jamali, medical superintendent at Jinnah Hospital. “These 200 include dead bodies we have got from the scorching heatwave and those who passed away in the hospital while under treatment for heatstroke and dehydration,” she said.