Heat wave of 45 degrees Celsius killed hundreds in Pakistan

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The provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, canceling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies. Even the city mortuaries are running short of space. Schools and public offices were closed until the heat wave cools off. Karachi University in a statement said that it had postponed its exams for at least one month due to the extreme weather. Frequent power outages occurred. Doctors have advised avoiding exposure to the sun and wearing light cotton clothes. The all-time high temperature in the country, of 47C, was in June 1979. The good news this time, meteorologists predicted rain in the coming days and it could help.

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