Karachi handles deadly heatwave threat, with early warning

KARACHI: When an unseasonal and conceivably destructive heatwave lingered on climate gauges a month ago, experts in this port city made a strange stride: They issued an open cautioning, an entire week ahead of time.

Prior to the warmth hit, instant message cautioning of the risk went out to Karachi occupants. Healing facilities put aside additional beds for warm stroke casualties. Water and power organization authorities were put on caution. At last the heatwave, with temperatures that came to 41 degrees Celsius, go without guaranteeing lives, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said.

But the warning, the first of its kind issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department for Karachi may set the phase for all the more lifesaving notices next summer as environmental change drives temperatures higher.