The heatwave, sweeping across southern Sindh province, has been going on since the start of Ramadan last week, wreaking havoc and triggering an emergency situation in major hospitals of the province.
The port city has been in the grip of a heat wave called the worst in at least a decade, with temperatures reaching 45° Celsius.
Sindh imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals and deployed army and paramilitary forces to deal with heat wave which claimed 400 lives.
Pakistan’s Meteorological Department recorded Saturday as the hottest day of this year’s summer in Karachi, where the mercury shot up to 45 degrees Celsius.
In 2003, the last time a heat wave of comparable severity prevailed in India, almost 1,300 people were reported to have been killed in Andhra Pradesh, according to the IMD database.
Sasmal was out on a routine combing operation in Lakhapadar area when he felt dizzy. He died before he could be taken to hospital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Most of the victims of heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were poor, forced to work in open, and living in remote villages, miles from medical help, when they collapsed.
The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy skies, along with the possibility of dust storms and thunderstorms accompanied by squall in some parts of the city.
In neighbouring Telangana, where the government has not declared any ex-gratia, 486 deaths have been reported from 10 districts where temperatures have been consistently high.
Timely action by state and municipal governments could have saved lives. There are lessons for the future.
Nagpur experienced the hottest day of this summer Saturday registering a blistering 47.1 degree Celsius. Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district was also equally hot while Chandrapur recorded 46.6 degrees. The entire Vidarbha region has been reeling under severe heat wave over the past fortnight with most districts experiencing temperatures above 40 degrees. Wardha (46.5), Akola (44.6), […]
The death toll in the sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country on Saturday rose to 2207, with 202 more deaths being reported since Friday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.
The meteorological centre at Hyderabad has warned that the heat wave conditions may continue till Saturday evening.
IMD predicts temperature fall and rainfall in Delhi over the next week.
Clinically, a heat stroke occurs only after body temperature crosses 104 degrees F, when excessive metabolism leads to a sharp fall in blood pressure and oxygen levels, a condition called hypoxia.