Heatwave Kills 400 in Pakistan


Karachi: Reeling under a devastating heatwave Pakistan has suffered the loss of 400 lives in the southern city of Karachi over the past three days, health officials said on Tuesday.

The heat wave, which coincides with major power cuts, has led to harsh criticism of the provincial government’s crumbling public health system and K-electric, the private company that supplies electricity to Karachi, the richest city in Pakistan and home to 20 million people.

Temperatures have touched 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) in the steamy port city in recent days, up from a normal summer temperature of 37 C (99 F). But meteorological authorities say rain is due.