Written by Staff Writer
23 Jun, 2015 | 6:24 pm
A devastating heat wave has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, as paramilitaries set up emergency medical camps in the streets.
The heat wave, which coincides with major power cuts, has led to harsh criticism of the provincial government’s crumbling public health system and the private company that supplies electricity to Karachi, the richest city in Pakistan and home to 20 million people.
Temperatures have touched 44 degrees Celsius in the steamy port city in recent days but meteorological authorities say rain is due.
A morgue run by the charity Edhi Foundation has received more than 400 people who died due to complications from the heat in the past three days.
Further deaths were reported in the rest of the province but a full tally was not available.
One of Karachi’s biggest public hospitals said more than 200 patients had died there of dehydration or heat exhaustion.
The paramilitary rangers force has set up medical camps at several points in the city where they are providing water and anti-dehydration salts.
The electricity grid has been overwhelmed as people switch on fans and air conditioners, and as families all begin to cook at the same time.
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