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Pakistan is experiencing an extreme heatwave. The temperature in the south of the country rose above 52 degrees Celsius, which is close to the heat record for the entire country, the local meteorological department reported. Hundreds of people are hospitalized with symptoms of heat stroke.

52.2 degrees Celsius was recorded on Monday in the city of Mohenjo Daro in Sindh province, the Pakistan Meteorological Department reported. This is the highest reading so far in the ongoing spring-summer season and is close to the highest values ​​ever recorded in this city, as well as in the entire country, amounting to 53.5 degrees C and 54 degrees C, respectively – notes Reuters.

Forecasts show the extreme heat wave will move further south this week, hitting other areas of the province, including Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.

Hundreds of people with heat stroke

Hundreds of people suffering from sunstroke were admitted to hospitals in Pakistan due to the intense heat, the AP reported last week. Many facilities have created crisis response centers to accommodate more people in need of help.

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Pakistani authorities appealed to citizens to stay at home, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous travel.

Hot weather in PakistanPAP/EPA/SOHAIL SHAHZAD

Huge heat in Asia

South and Southeast Asia have been struggling with massive heatwaves for at least a month. At the end of April in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the temperature reached 41.9 degrees Celsius, which is almost 5.5 degrees above normal. In turn, in the town of Chauk in central Burma, a temperature of 48.2 degrees Celsius was recorded, the highest in over 50 years.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), more hot days are possible this year till June than in previous years.

In mid-May The Thai Ministry of Health reported that since the beginning of the year, heatwaves have caused the death of over 60 people in the country. That's almost twice as many people as died in the same period in 2023.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/SOHAIL SHAHZAD



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