Sweltering Karachi: Fact-finding committee set up as death toll rises

Body to ascertain reasons behind the tenacious heatwave

Our Correspondents June 30, 2015
Body to ascertain reasons behind the tenacious heatwave. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI: As 16 more people died of heat exhaustion in Karachi on Monday, the climate change ministry set up a committee to look into the causes of the current heatwave and possibly why so many deaths had occurred in the port city this summer.

Health authorities have also revised the death toll in the province from 1,213 to 1,229.

According to a report issued by Director-General Hasan Murad Shah, 16 more deaths were recorded at different hospitals across the city since late Sunday night. Shah, however, said the situation was under control.

He insisted the health department was not negligent. “We don’t hide any reports from the public and the media.”

Trying to explain why it has been sweltering hot in Karachi for the past 10 or so days, the DG said humidity had made the city especially hot. “There is no proper ventilation at houses in densely populated areas.”

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He said temperatures in other parts of the province were higher than in Karachi. “But the situation is better in those parts because they aren’t as congested as the port city.”

The maximum temperature in the city on Monday was recorded at 37°C. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the temperature would more or less be the same on Tuesday (today).

“There is no forecast of rain or another heatwave or high temperatures this week for Karachi,” said the PMD’s focal person for Karachi, Abdul Rashid.

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According to weather experts, the people of the metropolitan city would feel normal temperatures unbearable until it rains.

Meanwhile, the climate change ministry has named  former head of the meteorological department Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry as the convener of the ‘Expert Study and Investigative Group’ which will determine the causes of the heatwave.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015. 


Burki | 9 years ago | Reply "Climate Change Ministry" ??? We have an entire ministry under such inquisitive sounding banner as Climate Change ... wow!! These corrupt greedy incompetent politicians know no bounds to continue to rape and pilferage this country. Not so shareef Nawaz has fabricated an entire ministry under such shady titles just so that his cronies can continue living like kinds on poor people's expense.
Timorlane | 9 years ago | Reply Committees are an oft tested and dependable tool to evade responsibility for the corrupt criminal ruling class of this country
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