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Pakistan Heat-Wave Toll Crosses 1,000


Relatives sit beside a body of a deceased who died due to an intense heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22.

Officials say that more than 1,000 people have died from a recent heat wave in southern Pakistan, with thousands still being treated as temperatures started to ease.

Karachi, capital of Sindh Province, and several other districts have been in the grip of soaring temperatures since start of Ramadan on June 19.

A medical official said that more than 950 people died in Karachi and over 50 in rest of the province.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that more than 40,000 people have suffered heatstroke and over 8,000 were treated at medical facilities.

Pakistan's Meteorological Department said the temperature in Karachi, which reached 45 degree Celsius over the weekend, dipped to 37 on June 25.

The government has set up 100 heatstroke centers in Karachi.

On June 24, an influential religious scholar issued an edict that sick and frail people can skip fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.

Based on reporting by dpa and AFP
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