Heatwave: Death toll reaches 141 in Pakistan

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141 people have died from heatstroke over the weekend in Pakistan
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At least 141 people have died from heatstroke, over the weekend, in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, officials said. The death toll includes 132 alone, from the capital, Karachi.

Nine deaths were reported from Thatta and Tharparkar, in the interior of the Sindh province, health officials said. “Five people died from dehydration and heat stroke in Thatta and four in Tharparkar yesterday,” a member of the Sindh health ministry said.

Speaking to reporters, Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah said, emergency had been declared in all the government hospitals of Karachi and other cities in the province.”Orders have been issued for uninterrupted supply of power and water to the emergency centres of all hospitals to deal with the mortality cases due to the heat wave,” Shah said.

Hundreds of patients suffering from the heat wave are being treated at government hospitals,” Dr Saeed Mangnejo, Health Secretary for the province of Sindh, told Reuters.

 

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