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Nearly 50 degrees, hundreds of people suffering from sunstroke in hospitals in Pakistan

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Pakistan has been struggling with a heat wave for some time now. There are places where the temperature reaches close to 50 degrees Celsius. Such weather has a dramatic impact on residents – hospitals admit hundreds of people with symptoms of sunstroke. According to meteorologists, the scorching heat is expected to last at least another week.

The heat wave particularly affected residents of the city of Lahore in the eastern part of Pakistan, as well as towns in the south, in Sindh province. Many hospitals have set up crisis response centers to accommodate more people who need help. Ambulances provide bottled water and ice to those most in need.

As reported by the Associated Press on Thursday, hundreds of people with symptoms of sunstroke were admitted to hospitals in Lahore. Dozens of similar cases have been reported in medical facilities in the cities of Hyderabad, Larkana and Jakobabad.

At least a week of scorching heat

Pakistani authorities appealed to citizens to stay at home, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous travel. As reported by AP, many workers explain that they cannot leave their jobs because they have to feed their families.

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On Wednesday, the temperature reached 49 degrees Celsius in the city of Mohenjo-Daro. Meteorologists predict that such extreme heat will continue for at least a week. Temperatures rise rapidly by 8 degrees Celsius during the day, which raises concerns among climatologists about floods due to melting glaciers in the north-west of Pakistan.

According to weather forecastscited by AP, temperatures may rise up to 55 degrees Celsius this month.

Heatwaves in PakistanSHAHZAIB AKBER/PAP/EPA

Pakistan ranks fifth in the world

In April 2024, Pakistan was hit by massive floods. It was the wettest month since 1961. Rainfall was twice as heavy as in previous years. Heavy rains led to the death of many people and the destruction of houses and farmlands.

“Pakistan is the fifth country in the world in terms of exposure to the effects of climate change. We have witnessed above-average rainfall and floods,” Romina Khurshid Alam, the Pakistani prime minister's climate coordinator, said at a press conference in Islamabad. The government says Pakistan contributes less than 1% to carbon emissions but bears the brunt of global climate disasters.

Main photo source: SHAHZAIB AKBER/PAP/EPA

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