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Heat Wave: Pakistan Cemeteries Running Out Of Burial Rooms

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 10:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

TEMPERATURES eased in southern Pakistan, even as hundreds of people are still being treated for symptoms related to a devastating heat wave that has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people in the region, local government officials and relief workers said.

But, there is fear that the countries cemeteries are running out of rooms to bury the dead bodies.

The heat wave coincided with the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and avoid all food and drink.

Religious clerics issued statements this week asking people to avoid fasting if it puts their lives at risk.

Health officials said, however, that they didn’t have a figure for how many of the heat wave’s victims were fasting.

Pakistan Meteorological Department officials said the heat wave ended on Wednesday night, as the temperature dropped to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, after seven days in triple digits.

Temperatures in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub, spiked late last week, reaching a high of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.

Health officials in southern Sindh province said most of the deaths were reported from Karachi, the sprawling port city that is the country’s economic hub.

Officials reported dozens of other deaths from around Sindh province.

Many of the dead were elderly citizens and labourers, the officials said, without providing a precise figure.

Hospital officials said a majority of those affected by the heat wave had suffered from heat stroke.


The city’s hospitals have handled more than 10,000 patients with heat-related symptoms since Sunday.

The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, one of Karachi’s main hospitals, treated more than 8,000, said Seemin Jamali, a hospital spokeswoman.