On 29 June 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the heat wave in Pakistan.
During the past week, the Sindh province of Pakistan has experienced increased temperatures of around 48–52 centigrade, the highest temperature among recorded statistical data. 1,400 people are reported to have died of intense heat stroke across southern Pakistan.
CDKN’s Abdur Rahman and Charlotte Finlay reflect on how Pakistan could learn to plan better for heat waves and reduce the risks to its population.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.
Background to the study
The following report forms part of a series of publications based on research conducted by the Research and Development Unit under the project: "Pathways Through Education - A study of the educational paths of primary school children in rural Sindh".
The study, which was supported by Ilm Ideas was conducted between January 2014 and April 2015 in the districts of Jacobabad and Kashmore. It sought to address the following research questions:
QUETTA: An armed clash between two separatist groups left at least 20 militants dead in Balochistan's Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts late Monday night.
The local administration, however, could not verify the number of casualties.
"Yes people have been killed, but we are not sure about the number of casualties", a levies official told Dawn.com via telephone.
The clash took place in Pir Suri Darbar and Han Nullah, the two areas located at the border between Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts of the restive province.
The death toll due to heat stroke and heat-related illnesses this week crossed the 1,243 figure while some health officials claimed that the death toll could have hit more than 1,300 as many private hospitals, clinics and health facilities did not share the exact number of deaths.
Most of the heatstroke effected people were elderly, poor and manual labourers
As of 25 June 2015, 38,772 families have returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). This includes 1,551 unregistered families to South SWA, and 366 unregistered families to NWA. The recent returns from Jalozai and off-camp locations to the Aka Khel and Shalobar ares are largely completed with an estimated one or two hundred famlies remaining. These families will continue to return in the coming week, thereby completing this portion of the return plan.
KARACHI: The harsh heatwave which killed more than 1,300 people in Karachi and other parts of Sindh over the past few days has ended, says a Met official.
He said on Sunday that there was no threat of another such gruelling heatwave in the country, including its largest city along the Arabian Sea, this summer.