The Earth – ‘Extreme Heat, Fueled By Climate Change, Leaves More Than 800 Dead In Pakistan’
‘More than 800 have died from heat stroke and thousands more have been hospitalized as a heat wave scorches much of Pakistan with temperatures as high as 113 degrees. While officials have rolled out emergency response efforts, poor infrastructure and the unpredictable patterns of extreme weather have made the crisis particularly devastating’.
- ‘In recent years, Pakistan’s longstanding energy crisis has meant that people across the country face rolling power outages that can last 10 hours in urban areas, and up to 20 in rural ones’.
‘The power outages mean that people are unable to run air-conditioners or even electric fans — and that they have little access to water, which is largely moved through pipes by electric pumps’.
‘In Karachi, electricity shortages kept the water supply system from pumping millions of gallons of water, according to the state-run water utility service’.