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More than 65 dead as heatwave hits Karachi during Ramadan

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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.

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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.

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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.

“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.

 

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