Heatwave death toll exceeds 1,400 in Pakistan

Death toll from searing heatwave in Pakistan tops 1,400, as morgues and graveyards are overwhelmed

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 1,400 people have been killed in Pakistan, as the worst heatwave in nearly 35 years hits the country, officials announced on Sunday.

The director-general of Sindh province health department, Hasan Murad, announced that almost 1,200 people have died of heatstroke and other related diseases in the southern coastal city of Karachi since June 20.

Over 200 other people have also died in interior districts of Sindh, said Provincial Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah earlier this week.

The actual death toll could be higher as hundreds of fatalities in remote districts remain unreported, a senior health official told to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

"The figures reported by the media are from major hospitals", he added.

According to local media, many of the victims were labourers and workers from further north, who could not cope with the intensity of the heat and humidity.

In some parts of the country, power cuts have lasted up to 12 hours a day, which  appears to be one of the reasons of the reported deaths.

Authorities claim the increasing demand for power and water cuts have led to a water shortage,mainly in the slums of Karachi, where water pumping stations cannot run without electricity.

TRTWorld and agencies