Intense Heat Wave in Karachi – An intense heat wave more have killed more than 120 people over the weekend in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, officials said, as the electricity grid crashed during the first days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
This Intense Heat Wave in Karachi has caused the Thermometers in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, to read 45 degrees Celsius (113 F) on Saturday, just short of the all-time record high ever recorded in the city.
They all died of heat stroke, Officials said all the deaths had occurred since Saturday evening.
Pakistan’s Meteorological Department said temperatures would likely subside in the coming days, but doctors have advised avoiding exposure to the sun and wearing light cotton clothes.
The high temperatures were made worse by frequent power outages, sparking protests in several parts of Karachi, a sprawling city of 20 million, there by increasing the Intense Heat Wave in Karachi.
Electricity cuts in turn crippled Karachi’s water supply system, hampering the pumping of millions of gallons of water to consumers, the state-run water utility said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has warned electric supply companies that he would not tolerate power outages during Ramadan, an official in Sharif’s office said.