ISLAMABAD — A heatwave has killed more than 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organization said, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.
The southern city, with a population of 15 million, is sweltering in temperatures hitting 44 degrees Celsius on Monday, local media reported.
The heatwave has coincided with power outages and the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.
Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation that operates morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s biggest city, said the deaths occurred mostly in the poor areas of Karachi.
Local media reports say that up to 100 people may have died of heatstroke since the weekend.
Heatstroke occurs when the body overheats in prolonged exposure to high temperatures. The condition leads to organ and muscle failure and is exacerbated by dehydration.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.