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Death Toll In Karachi Heat Wave Increases

The heat-wave that has been ravaging the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi has killed 1233 people as of today. Meanwhile, Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, the operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority said on Saturday that 65,000 heat stroke patients were treated at the city’s hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave began in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Between this Saturday and last Saturday, temperatures in Karachi were reaching about 45C amid chronic power outages, but the temperatures have come down to 34C now. The timing of the heat-wave is rather unfortunate because it has hit Karachi during the dawn to dusk fasting of Ramadan which is practiced by the Muslim majority of Karachi.

The heat has not left anyone innocent. So far it has killed everyone from the very young, to the very old and everything in between. While corpses pile up outside of city morgues, hospitals in Karachi are currently overwhelmed and are relying heavily on volunteers and donors for ice, water and spare beds.

To alleviate and avoid the heat of the days, residents of Karachi have been trying to cool themselves by lying on the floors of mosques and taking dips in rivers. Luckily for everyone in Karachi, the volunteer outreach has been extensive and understanding in helping those who are already dehydrated, and ensuring that when the fast breaks at dusk, that all residents have adequate water to rehydrate.

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