Via The News International: Heatwave in Karachi claims 600 lives in 72 hours.
The severe heat wave in Karachi has claimed over 630 lives in the three days. According to officials hundreds of patients are still under treatment at various government and private hospitals across the city.
Dr. Javed Jamali, Spokesman for the Jinnah Hospital confirmed that the hospital received 201 bodies in the last 4 days. Dr. Salma Qausar Senior Director at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital confirmed that 102 lost the battle for life at various hospitals of the KMC. According to Civili Hospital sources, 86 people lost their lives while 15 bodies were received by the New Karachi hospital.
Liaquat National Hospital sources confirmed 25 deaths. Out of 50 patients admitted at the Qatar Hospital, 32 lost the battle for life. Ziauddin Hospital sources have confirmed 38 deaths. The National Institute of Cardiology received 64 bodies, while 35 children passed away at the National Institute of Child Health.
While the Sindh government has imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies, doctors have appealed that people should avoid going out in the sun unnecessarily and should wash their face multiple times a day in order to stay cool during the heatwave.
Doctor Seemi Jamali at the Jinnah Hospital advises that people should opt for loose fitting clothes that allow for air to permeate through. If there is no electricity then people should opt for using hand-fans to keep cool.
According to experts, people are vulnerable to the heatwave due to their low internal resistance and have advised using as much water as possible.
Residents of the city have not only been faced with the intense heatwave but also prolonged power outages during the holy month of Ramazan.