Heatwave kills over 400 in Karachi as mercury hits 45 deg C
A DEVASTATING heatwave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said yesterday, as the military set up emergency camps in the streets.
The government of Sindh province asked schools and government offices in the capital Karachi to close yesterday, in view of the heat.
The heatwave, which coincides with major power cuts, has led to harsh criticism of the provincial government's crumbling public health system and K-electric, the private company that supplies electricity to Karachi.
Saturday was the hottest day, with the mercury shooting to 45 deg C - a record high since 1979. The normal summer temperature is 37 deg C. But the meteorological authorities say rain is due.
A mortuary run by the charity Edhi Foundation has received the bodies of more than 400 people who died from the heat in the past three days.
REUTERS, DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK