The Karachi heat wave in Pakistan has claimed 260 lives and is still increasing. The heat wave has forced the government to declare an emergency at area hospitals. The Pakistan government is not allowing doctors or hospital staff to take time off, and hospitals have increased the amount of supplies that they have on hand. Pakistan officials are also mobilizing their military to help during the crisis. Military units have set up heat stroke relief centers all across Karachi.
The temperatures in the region have recently topped out at 111 degrees Fahrenheit (43.8 degrees Celsius). The high temperatures are leading to people coming down with a variety of heat-related illnesses. Some of the ailments people are seeking medical treatment for during the Karachi heat wave include heat stroke, stomach problems, low blood pressure, and dehydration.
The average temperature for Karachi in June is 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30.7 degrees Celsius).
Karachi, Pakistan, has a population of 20 million people. The part of the city that is experiencing the most heat-related illnesses is in the poor part of Karachi. A majority of the fatalities caused by the Karachi heat wave are men who are 50-years-old and older.
Power failures during the Karachi heat wave have made matters worse. Over the weekend, citizens of Karachi held protests due to these electrical failures. The electrical problems have also started to adversely impact the water supply of the city. The entire electrical system in Pakistan is very old. Over the last couple of years, demand for electricity has been putting a strain on the grid. The system can not compensate for the increase in electricity, and outages occur.
Some of the citizens of Pakistan have taken to Twitter to talk about the Karachi heat wave.
Today I regret being a Pakistani. My government can not at least protect the unfortunate from the intense heat wave. #KarachiHeatWave
— Hasan (@hashfaque) June 22, 2015
— نامعلوم سپاہی☪ (@sohale_nizam) June 22, 2015
#KarachiHeatWave is killing me!
— Purple_Haze (@Ceraa_H) June 22, 2015
Feels like sitting in lava #KarachiHeatWave
— Rukku (@Rukkuxx) June 22, 2015
— Shabbir Rizvi (@smsr_98) June 22, 2015
Weather forecasts for the area predict that some relief will be coming by the end of the week. The sweltering heat wave could be over soon for the people of Karachi.
[Image via Defence.pk]