Karachi heat wave death toll climbs to 121

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KARACHI – The death toll from deadly heat wave in Karachi and its adjoining areas has risen to 121,

According to details, Jinnah Hospital’s spokesperson Doctor Seemi Jamali said that more than 100 people have died because of the intense heat in the metropolitan in past 24 hours. She further informed that most of the victims are 45-year-old or above.

Pakistan s meteorological department said temperatures were likely to fall in the coming days, but doctors advised people to avoid exposure to the sun and wear light cotton clothes.

The high temperatures were made worse by frequent power outages, sparking protests in several parts of Karachi, a sprawling city of 20 million.

Electricity cuts also crippled Karachi s water supply system, hampering the pumping of millions of gallons of water toconsumers, the state-run water utility said.

Meanwhile, as many as 150 dead bodies have been brought to the Edhi morgue in the past 24 hours as well. The increase in the number of bodies has over capacitated the Edhi centre. The Edhi administration said that they died of various diseases, some even died of heat and aging.

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