Heatwave disrupts life in Pindi

Residents say rising temperatures have also led to water shortages in several areas

Jamil Mirza May 23, 2024
A child gulps down water as she braves the fury of the heatwave currently gripping the province. Photo: zahoor ahmed/Express


As temperatures hit 41 degrees Celsius, life in Rawalpindi has been severely disrupted by the intense heat. Markets are deserted, road traffic is minimal, and attendance in government offices has significantly decreased.

The escalating heat has also led to water shortages in several areas of the city and cantonment, creating difficult conditions for residents.

The Meteorological Department has forecasted that the temperature will remain between 41 and 42 degrees for the next four days, maintaining the intensity of the heat.

The continuous rise in temperature and ongoing hot gusts have severely impacted daily life. Only those with air conditioners are able to maintain a relatively comfortable environment, while many people at home are forced to rely on room coolers, as fans are ineffective in providing relief. Consequently, the sales of locally made open-air coolers and room coolers have surged in the markets.

With no immediate possibility of rain, the falling levels of underground water have begun to affect the water supply from tubewells and borings. However, the city and cantonment areas continue to receive water from Khanpur Dam, Simli Dam, and Rawal Dam.

Environmental experts warn that without rain, the water levels in these dams may decrease further, emphasising the need for prudent water usage.

The heatwave has also led to an increased demand for cold drinks and watermelons in the city and cantonment areas. Health experts advise residents to stay indoors unless necessary, keep their heads covered when outside, and drink plenty of water. They recommend avoiding junk food and consuming more vegetables, fruits, and hydrating beverages.

The extreme heat has adversely affected commercial activities in the markets, and hospitals have seen a surge in elderly individuals and children suffering from heatstroke and dehydration. These patients are being treated with drips, and doctors are advising the use of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution), increased water intake, and avoidance of heat exposure.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2024.


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