Faisal Edhi confirmed that, since Saturday at least 65 people died due to heat stroke in Karachi as the temperature hit 44 degree Celsius on Monday during the Holy month of Ramadan.
According to the Faisal Edhi, 114 bodies were brought to the Edhi Foundation’s morgues in Karachi’s Sohrab Goth and Korangi areas in past three days, out of which 65 had died from heatstroke. Faisal Edhi added most of the citizens who died from heat stroke were residents of Korangi and Landhi.
While underlining the magnitude of disaster of severe heat, Faisal Edhi said that the morgue in Korangi receives around 10-11 bodies per day. Since Saturday evening the morgue had received 34 bodies, while the morgue in Sohrab Goth had received 30 bodies.
According to Faisal Edhi, the mostly heatstroke victims had died at their home. The ages of people who died from heat stroke in Karachi were from six to seventy eight years.
Major deaths occurred in Korangi where a large number of labourers work, Edhi said.
Faisal Edhi added that, “people didn’t get medical help on time, which resulted in their death.”
However, Doctors at Civil Hospital and Jinnah Medical Center have declined to receive the heat stroke patients.
Residents in Karachi were advised to seek shelter on Monday as the temperature will hit 44 degree Celsius (111.2 Fahrenheit).
The Pakistan Meteorological Department warned the scorching heat would continue throughout the week, forecasting daytime temperatures of between 40-43 degrees.