Nearly 700 people have died in a severe heatwave in Pakistan over the past three days, with the majority of the victims reported from the port city of Karachi.
“The number of people who have died in the heatwave has now reached 692,” Agence France-Presse quoted Saeed Mangnejo, a senior provincial health official, as saying Tuesday.
The toll may rise further, the official said.
The majority of people died in government-run hospitals in Karachi, which has a population of about 20 million, as temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius at the weekend.
Edhi Welfare Organisation, Pakistan’s largest charity, said its two morgues in Karachi received more than 400 corpses in the last three days.
Meanwhile, seven people are said to have died from the heat in Punjab province over the past 24 hours.
The deaths came as Muslims observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which eating and drinking is forbidden from sunrise to sunset.
Some clerics have issued public warnings saying that physically weak people can abstain from fasting in these tough conditions.
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