Heatwave concerns

Letter May 19, 2024
Heatwave concerns


The relentless surge in temperatures in Karachi has raised concerns among residents. With the mercury level consistently surpassing 40 degrees Celsius, Karachiites are grappling with the impact of the scorching heat. The sweltering conditions have exacerbated issues such as power outages and water shortages, further compounding the challenges faced by residents.

One of the most pressing concerns is the risk posed to public health. The intense heatwave increases the likelihood of heat-related illnesses, particularly among vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions. Hospitals and medical facilities are braced for an influx of patients suffering from heatstroke, dehydration, and other heat-related ailments.

Moreover, the combination of high temperatures and power outages has led to widespread discomfort and frustration among residents. The water crisis in Karachi has also been exacerbated by the scorching heat. With water sources drying up and supply lines strained, residents are facing difficulties accessing water for drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes. The situation is particularly dire in informal settlements and areas with poor infrastructure, where water scarcity has become a daily struggle.

In response to the heatwave, authorities have initiated measures to mitigate its impact on the populace. These include setting up heatstroke treatment centers, distributing water supplies in affected areas, and implementing public awareness campaigns to educate residents on heat safety measures.

However, there is a growing call for long-term solutions to address Karachi’s vulnerability to extreme heat events. Improving urban planning, upgrading infrastructure, and implementing sustainable water management practices are essential steps to build resilience against future heatwaves and ensure the well-being of the city’s residents.

It is imperative for government agencies, civil society organisations and residents to work together to address the multifaceted challenges posed by rising temperatures. Only through collective action and forward-thinking policies can Karachi mitigate the impacts of climate change and create a more livable environment for its inhabitants.

Neha Muzammil


Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2024.

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