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At Least Five More Die As Pakistan's Heatwave Continues

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Reports from Pakistan say at least five people died on June 20 as a result of sweltering temperatures in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces during what was one of the hottest days of 2015 so far.

In Sibbi, a town in Balochistan Province to the south of the Quetta, one man died and five others fell unconscious when temperatures rose to 49 degrees Celsius.

Further south, in the Tharparkar district of Sindh Province near the border with India, local health officials confirmed that four Pakistani children died as a result of soaring temperatures.

Some areas to the northwest of Islamabad -- as well as the cities of Faisalabad and Rawalpindi to the south of Pakistan’s capital -- received rainfall and strong winds on June 20, offering welcome relief to residents.

On June 7 and 8, at least 25 Pakistanis died in the southern province of Sindh as temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius.

The heat wave has triggered power outages in several Pakistani cities, sparking angry protests during the holy month of Ramadan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered officials to take "all steps" to address the power outages.

With reporting by The Express Tribune, PTI, and AAP
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