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Heat wave kills 122 in Pakistan

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A heatwave in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials have said.

“Since Saturday 114 people have died in Karachi and eight others (have died) in three districts of Sindh,” provincial health secretary Saeed Mangnejo told AFP news agency, the punch reports.

He said that the provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies.

The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius on Saturday, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979.

Dr Seemin Jamali, the head of the emergency department at state-run Jinnah Hospital said more than 100 people had died at the hospital.

“They all died of heat stroke,” she said.

A large number of the deceased were old people, Jamali was quoted as saying by the Dawn.com news website said.

Officials said all the deaths had occurred since Saturday evening.

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