KARACHI: Death toll from heatwave in Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province reached to 151, health officials said on Monday.
"Since Saturday 151 people have died in Karachi and nine others (have died) in three districts of Sindh," says reports.
According to the officials, provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies.
The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979.
Dr Seemin Jamali, the head of the emergency department at state-run Jinnah Hospital said more than 100 people had died at the hospital. "They all died of heat stroke," she said.
Officials said all the deaths had occurred since Saturday evening.