Death Toll From Heatwave In Pakistan Tops 450

June 23, 2015

An intense heatwave in Pakistan has now killed more than 450 people, the government said on Tuesday.

The BBC reports that in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, temperatures have soared to as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit — the kind of heat the city hasn’t seen in more than a decade.

The BBC adds:

“Hot weather is not unusual during summer months in Pakistan, but prolonged power outages seem to have made matters worse, the BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani reports.

“Sporadic angry protests have taken place in parts of the city, with some people blaming the government and the city’s main power utility, K-Electric, for failing to avoid deaths, our correspondent adds.

“The prime minister had announced that there will be no electricity cuts but outages have increased since the start of Ramadan, he reports.”

The government has called in the army to help set up heat stroke centers.

CNN reports that temperatures should cool off a bit later this week.

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