KARACHI: The death toll due to a heatwave in Sindh province has risen to 990 in the last five days, Aaj News reported.
The maximum deaths have so far been reported from Karachi, where mercury has broken the record of the past decade.
This year’s heat wave has coincided with the start of the Islamic fasting month of Ramazan, during which millions abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.
According to the Sindh Meteorological Department, the weather will become normal in next 24 next hours. Temperature in Karachi lowered to 36 degree Celsius today as the heat wave weakened in intensity.
According to the reports, 990 people have died due to the heatwave and 800 casualties were reported from Karachi alone.
A total of 446 others died at other hospitals including Liaquat National Hospital, Civil Hospital, National Institute of Cardiology, Ziauddin Hospital and others. The doctors said most of the patients were brought to hospital unconscious, suffering from high grade fever while others told medics that they collapsed suddenly during the hot day and suffered breathing problems.
Most of the heatwave victims were 50 years old or above reportedly.