Islamabad, Pakistan (NEWSWATCH33) – According to recent numbers released by Pakistani officials, the death toll has risen to 5210 after authorities began to record deaths surrounding Karachi. The heat wave has risen to temperatures as high as 146 Degrees.
Authorities released earlier reports of 3100 deaths in Karachi during the three-day heat pandemic.
However, more deaths were reported from the Sindh district according to Ahmed Al-Hizizi, a representative of the National Disaster Management Authority.
Officials also have reported that the heat wave has melted parts of Karachi and Sindh provinces, leaving scorch marks on buildings, houses, and cars. The estimated damage due to the heat wave has been calculated at 90,000,000 ₨ (Pakistani Rupees). In regards to injuries, over 2500 people have been treated for heat stroke in Jinnah Hospital which is the largest hospital in Karachi.
Two morgues have shut down due to the amount of bodies being collected. Jahar Makati, a morgue worker in Karachi stated, “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s like the bodies are coming in on an assembly line. We are under staffed for this. We had to shut down due to the smell and hazardous conditions.”
The Karachi and Sindh government has declared a state of emergency, canceling all leave of medical personnel and bringing in more medical staff and equipment for assistance.
According to officials, they expect another 2000 people to die before cooler temperatures occur.