UN offers assistance to Pakistan in wake of deadly heatwave

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon has offered assistance to Pakistan in order to deal with the deadly heatwave in Karachi and other parts of lower Sindh which has claimed at least 1000 lives.

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According to an article published on Radio Pakistan, ” a UN spokesperson said that the world body would respond in a positive way if Pakistan requests help to deal with the situation

The spokesperson also stated that the country has not yet requested assistance.

Temperatures in the metropolis have dropped but the death toll from sunstroke and dehydration continued to mount on Friday.

The heat wave in Karachi, combined with prolonged power outages, has claimed around 1100 lives in Sindh out of which 1053 fatalities were reported from Karachi alone.

Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, UN World Meteorological Organisation’s special envoy and former Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) director-general, has said that Pakistan and India will continue to face such weather conditions due to climate change in the region.

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UN offers assistance to Pakistan in wake of deadly heatwave

by Raza Haidery