>> Residents of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, preparing for a new heat wave predicted to bring sizzling temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Just last week, a brutal heat wave killed 65 people in the southern metropolis. Making matters worse, the Muslim majority country is observing the holy month of Ramadan with most people fasting from sunrise to sunset, and that means no water either for over 12 hours.
Many Karachiites complaining about widespread water shortages and power cuts, with some poor residents resorting to sleep on sidewalks to escape the stifling heat indoors. Others are taking precautions, heading to the beach, keeping cool by covering their heads with wet cloths, or taking a break under these roadside showers set up by volunteers.
I came down here to buy a battery-operated fan, but it is very costly. I am going back with this water machine.>> Pakistan's Meteorological Office predicts the new heat spell to continue until the end of the week, which means the death toll could rise. Back in 2015, Karachi's hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed when an intense heat wave killed over 1,000 people, mostly the elderly, sick and homeless.