KARACHI: The death toll during the ongoing heatwave in Karachi has mounted to 1003 as 47 more people died only at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Thursday.
The majority of people died in government-run hospitals in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan’s economic hub of around 20 million people, as temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) at the weekend.
Temperatures remained at around 44.5 Celsius in Karachi on Tuesday (two days ago) but thunderstorms were forecast for the evening, Pakistan’s Meteorological Office said.
“Due to a low depression developing in the Arabian sea, thunderstorms will likely begin this evening and might continue for the next three days,” a Meteorological official.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has issued special instructions to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other relevant organisations to arrange urgent assistance for the heatwave victims.
Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year’s toll was the second highest in the country’s history.