SEHWAN SHARIF: At least 15 pilgrims died of suffocation due to severe weather and drowning in two days of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Urs in Sindh.
According to rescue sources, at least seven pilgrims who came in the Urs today lost their lives to the heatwave, in which seven have died of suffocation due to heat stroke and shortage of drinking water while one pilgrim drowned while taking bath in the Bagh Lal river.
Besides this eight people died yesterday in which five became victim to heat stroke whereas three of them drowned in the river.
Most of the people who died hailed from Punjab whose dead bodies have been sent to their native towns.
The 763rd Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar started a day before.
Thousands of devotees, mostly from Sindh and Punjab, thronged the shrine on the first day.
A persistent heat wave in the region also left more than 2000 people dead in various states of India last month.