Pakistan’s relentless heat wave devastates families

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Families grieve loss of loves ones after heat wave
02:58 - Source: CNN

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Soaring temperatures have claimed more than 1,000 lives

Morgues, hospitals overflowing with victims

Mohammad Sameer lost two of his four children to the heat

Karachi, Pakistan CNN  — 

Karachi is burning.

Over the past week, Pakistan’s largest and most populated city has been scorched by a heat wave that has claimed more than 1,000 lives.

Morgues are packed with the dead found collapsed on the streets, unidentified and now headed for mass graves.

Hospitals overflow with patients suffering from dehydration, gastroenteritis and other indignities, with the elderly and young children being affected the most.

On Friday afternoon, the mercurial temperatures matched residents’ rage over ongoing water and power crises. Frustration reached a melting point and protests broke out on the city’s main roads.