Boiling temperatures in Pakistan have left folks collapsing within the streets and begging for water as a 45C heatwave is claimed to have killed no less than 65 folks.
The southern metropolis of Karachi has been blasted with the catastrophic warmth over Ramadan, when most Muslims don’t eat or drink throughout sunlight hours.
The temperatures – which yesterday hit 44C – additionally coincided with frequent energy outages within the nation’s largest metropolis.
Stunning photographs present residents mendacity outdoors on pavements in a determined try to flee sweltering indoor temperatures.
Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation which runs morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s largest city, said the deaths occurred in the poor areas of Karachi.
However, the government has rejected his claims.
Sindh province’s Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho told the English-language Dawn newspaper tat no one has died from the heat this week.
“Only doctors and hospitals can decide whether the cause of death was heat-stroke or not. I categorically reject the claim that people have died due to heat-stroke in Karachi,” Pechuho reportedly said.
However, the reports have reminded many of the horrible heatwave in 2015 when hospitals and morgues were flooded with victims after at least 1,300 people, mostly elderly and sick, died from the incredible heat.
The Edhi morgue only had freezer space for around 650 bodies which was reached within a few days so ambulances were forced to leave the corpses outside the facility in the scorching temperatures.
The provincial government has assured residents to not be anxious and that they would be working on ensuring those in need of care in the poorest areas of Karachi would receive rapid treatment.
Edhi said most of the victims from this past week who were brought to the morgue were working-class factory workers who came from the low-income areas of Landhi and Korangi.
“They work around heaters and boilers in textile factories and there is eight to nine hours of (scheduled power outages) in these areas,” he said.