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Nine more bodies found in Karachi as inquiry into heat-related mortalities begins

KARACHI: As Karachi braved another very hot and humid day on Tuesday, nine more bodies were found in different parts of the city, bringing the death toll to 29 over the past three days, hospitals and rescue services said. They added that none of the bodies bore any injury marks. The Edhi and Chhipa charities said that its volunteers recovered four and five bodies, respectively, from different parts of the city on Tuesday. Keeping in view the rising number of bodies and deaths reported by city morgues and major hospitals, Sindh Home Minister Zia Lanjar announced that an inquiry was being conducted to ascertain the cause of such deaths. In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, he said that if the inquiry found power loadshedding in sweltering heat as one of the reasons behind those deaths thenthe K-Electric would be held responsible and murder cases would be registered against its management. The Sindh health department confirmed one death due to heatstroke at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). City sizzles at 41.3°C According to the Met Office, the maximum temperature recorded in the city on Tuesday was 41.3 degrees centigrade with 63 per cent relative humidity. In its daily advisory, the Met department stated that monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal were likely to penetrate Sindh from Wednesday (today) and a low pressure also lay over south of Indian Gujarat. “Under the influence of this weather system, rain wind/thundershower with isolated heavy fall is expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze, Khairpur, Dadu, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Lark-ana, Mithi, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Badin, Thatta from June 26 to July 1 with occasional gaps,” it said. Cases of heat-related illness on the rise Dr Nausheen Rauf, the head of the emergency section at the JPMC, said the overall number of patients reporting at the emergency department remained high on the second consecutive day on Tuesday. “Patients are reporting with complaints of high fever, weakness, gastroenteritis, vomiting and diarrhoea in numbers that aren’t normally seen. Today, 886 patients have reported to us so far in 12 hours,” she said. Sharing the 24-hour data of Monday, Dr Rauf said a total of 1,592 patients, including 22 cases of heatstroke, reported at the emergency section. “Normally, 1,200 to 1,300 patients report at our emergency unit and the number of brought dead cases on an average ranges between 10 and 15 on a single day. Hence, there was an overall increase in the number of patients as well as brought dead cases, particularly, on June 24,” Dr Rauf explained. At the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Imran Sarwar G. Sheikh said 65 patients reported either with heatstroke or heat-related illnesses at the hospital and were discharged. There was no mortality. A spokesperson of the Indus Hospital said that the 24-hour data of June 25 would be available on Wednesday. The 24-hour data of June 24 of the hospital showed that 704 patients reported at the emergency department, including eight heatstroke patients. One of them had died. Dawn

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.