KARACHI, Pakistan: More than 150 people including women and children have died due to heatwave during the last two days in Karachi which saw temperatures as high as 43 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
The sources said that mostly elderly patients with heatstroke brought to the hospitals across the city had high-grade fever and dehydration.
They said that mostly the deaths occurred at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) followed in terms of numbers by Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), Lyari General Hospital and Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the deaths caused by severe heat in Karachi.
In a statement, he said that those hospitalized should be given best possible medical treatment. He directed the concerned authorities to create awareness amongst the people about the current situation of heatwave in order to avoid more deaths.
The prime minister also directed the ministry of water and power to keep him updated about the latest power supply situation.
Earlier on Sunday, the Met Office forecast widespread rain-thundershower with dust storm in upper parts of the country including Hazara, Rawalpindi, Lahore, and Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir for next four to five days.
In a statement, the Director General of Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Ghulam Rasool said that this weather pattern will gradually move towards the south and bring moderate rain in Sindh and Balochistan from Tuesday to Friday.