KARACHI: At least 180 people died as a heatwave gripped the city, Aaj News reported.
Bodies continue to pile at public hospitals of the city. So far, 157 bodies have been received by Jinnah Hospital, 22 bodies brought to the Civil hospital while 31 bodies have been received by Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Moreover, other local hospitals also received dead bodies.
According to the reports, most of the deceased were old people. A few young patients were brought to the hospital in critical condition and they later passed away during treatment. All of the dead were men.
An Edhi Foundation spokesperson said in the past 24 hours his foundation registered as many as 150 dead at the Sohrab Goth Edhi morgue.
Local media quoted Dr Seemin Jamali, Joint Executive Director of JPMC saying, they may have been suffering from different diseases but most probably, they died of heat stroke or exhaustion.”
Quoting some of her patients, Dr Jamali said they had left their homes on Sunday and collapsed.
According to the Met Department, the weather in the city on Sunday was very hot and dry and the maximum temperature was expected to remain between 40 and 42 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature Karachi has ever experienced was 48 degrees Celsius on May 9, 1938.