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Heatwave In Pakistan Kills At Least 800

The prime-minister, Nawaz Sharif, called for emergency measures after temperatures in the country's largest city, Karachi, reached 112.64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Last updated on June 24, 2015, at 7:49 a.m. ET

Posted on June 23, 2015, at 6:47 a.m. ET

Pakistan's prime-minister, Nawaz Sharif, has called for emergency measures, after the death toll from a brutal heatwave afflicting the country's Sindh province reached at least 800 on Wednesday, the BBC reported.

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According to Pakistani officials, the majority of fatalities have been in the country's largest city, Karachi, where thermometers have topped 113 degrees fahrenheit over the last few days.

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Hospitals around the country are reported to have been flooded with people suffering from heatstroke and dehydration.

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To make matters worse, Pakistanis have also had to deal with long power outages, which have become more frequent since the start of Ramadan.

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Some Pakistanis have reportedly taken to the streets to protest against both the government and the country's main power company, K-Electric, for not doing more to avoid the heavy death toll.

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Cooler weather is expected later in the week, but until then authorities said more deaths are expected.

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