KARACHI: With sizzling temperature continues in the metropolis, there were increase in death tolls in the metropolis mainly due to heatstroke and more bodies were also brought at the Edhi’s mortuary in Karachi’s Sohrab Goth, volunteers of Edhi Ambulance service said.
The incharge of the facility, Muhammad Bilal, said on Monday that in the past 24 hours, some 200 bodies were brought at the mortuary from various parts of the city including the hospitals.
He said that these included those who died due to heatstroke as well as others who expired because of various diseases and natural causes included old age.
Bilal said that a sudden rush was witnessed as normally some 40 to 50 dead bodies are brought at this mortuary in a day but in the last 24 hours this figure shoot up to 200.
He said that the Edhi Sohrab Goth mortuary has a capacity of keeping about 250 bodies at a time.
Bilal said that in view of this surge, the 50 old bodies of unidentified persons which were kept at the mortuary for sometime, were buried as `Amanat’ to make way for the new ones. Some of the bodies were handed over to the heirs for burial.
He, however, stated that the facility now has the capacity to accommodate more bodies.
The spokesman of the Edhi Welfare Centre, Anwar Kazmi, said that in the past 48 hours some 400 bodies were brought at the mortuary.
Most of these had died owing to heat wave in the metropolis which others had expired due to various ailments.
He said that previously there was no space at the mortuary but as many of the bodies were later handed over to the heirs for burial, now more accommodation is available at the mortuary.
Kazmi said that Maulana Edhi’s son, Faisal Edhi and grandson, Saad, were monitoring the situation.