Death Toll From Heat Wave in Pakistani Port of Karachi Hits 1,000

Searing temperatures, which have been as high as 113 degrees, were below 100 on Thursday, but a sense of panic and crisis persisted in the city.

Searing temperatures, which have been as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit, or 45 degrees Celsius, fell below 100 on Thursday, but a sense of panic and crisis persisted in the city, the country’s financial and commercial capital as well as the capital of Sindh Province. The heat wave has sent over 14,000 people into government and private hospitals across Karachi, with more than 8,000 visiting Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, the largest such site here.

The heat wave has also taken a toll on the city’s pet population. “We are seeing one to two animals every day on average with some sort of heatstroke signs,” said Dr. Isma Gheewala, a veterinarian in the upscale Defence neighborhood, who described animals arriving in a semiconscious state with temperatures of 106 to 107.

Source: Death Toll From Heat Wave in Pakistani Port of Karachi Hits 1,000 – www.nytimes.com

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