Pakistan authorities trade blame as heatwave deaths exceed 800

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 25 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3477
  1. Jocalyn Clark
  1. 1Dhaka

Pakistan has declared a state of emergency as the death toll from an unprecedented heatwave exceeded 800. The declaration came amid criticism of the country’s management of the crisis and power failures that had prevented people from using water pumps, electric fans, and air conditioning.

Temperatures reached 44°C in the past week, which coincided with Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims are required to fast daily until sundown. Most of those who have died …

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