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Pakistan Heatwave Leaves More Than 220 Dead


Men sleep in the shade under a bridge during intense hot weather in Karachi on June 22.

Men sleep in the shade under a bridge during intense hot weather in Karachi on June 22.

Reports from Pakistan say more than 220 people have died during a heatwave in the southern province of Sindh.

Officials said on June 22 that most of the deaths were reported in the province's largest city, Karachi, which has experienced temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius in recent days.

Hundreds of patients suffering from the effects of the heat were being treated at hospitals.

Many of the victims are elderly people who have been suffering from fever and dehydration.

The situation has been aggravated by power outages in Karachi, which has a population of about 20 million.

The country's Meteorological Department said cooler weather is forecast from June 23.

Based on reporting by dpa and the BBC
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