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By Rabiya Jaffery
KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - Historically a small fishing village, Karachi has now turned into Pakistan’s biggest commerce and industrial center that generates about half of the country’s tax revenue.
The city also accounts for at least 42 per cent of its total gross domestic product (GDP), houses its stock exchange, central bank, and the headquarters of most banks, along with major foreign multinational corporations.
2017 in brief
KARACHI: Health Department of Sindh has finalized all the arrangements regarding the recent heat wave in the city and established special units in 13 hospitals to provide better treatment to the victims of heatstroke.
The health experts advised the elderly people, children and those who are suffering from other disease should avoid travelling the in the sun because of the heat.
They added that those who were affected by a heatstroke needs to take a cold bath immediately and prevent themselves from more sun exposure.
- A persistent heatwave and heavy downpours are affecting Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. Overflows, and consequent flash floods and landslides, are expected.
- Monsoon flooding nationwide has already caused 98 deaths, out of which 35 children, 112 injuries and 286 damaged houses. The worst hit province in terms of casualties is Punjab, with 30 deaths and 70 injuries. The worst hit provinces in terms of infrastructure are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.
- Provincial disaster management authorities have responded with food and non-food items.
Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move
By Chris Arsenault
TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.
By Intikhab Hanif
LAHORE: Maximum temperatures set a new record in some Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cities as the persisting heat wave further intensified on Sunday, and the Met department said a westerly wave was fast approaching the country for a refreshing partial break in the harsh weather in the next three days.
Noorpurthal and Bhakkar recorded 52 degrees C maximum temperature, the highest in the country and the highest ever of their history as the heat wave appeared to be centered over south Punjab and adjoining Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
LAHORE: Turbat blazed for the second consecutive day, recording the highest ever temperature of 53 degrees centigrade, while Sibi faced around 51 degrees centigrade and Lasbela, 49.2 degrees centigrade.
The country’s plains continued to be gripped with a severe heatwave on Monday and several areas in Sindh and Balochistan experienced their hottest ever recorded temperatures.
LAHORE: Vast areas of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan reeled under the severe heatwave that intensified on Sunday, the first day of Ramazan, creating a record for the highest-ever temperature in Turbat.
A shallow westerly wave is, nevertheless, likely to bring some rain over scattered places of upper parts of the country and some north-eastern cities in Punjab, including Lahore, in the next 24 hours.
It drizzled in Mianwali and Sargodha at the time of Iftar to the relief of heat-stricken people.
Jennifer Bussell and Asim Fayaz
This case study discusses government capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters – floods, earthquakes, and heat waves – in Pakistan.
Anticipated scope and scale
Sindh province in Pakistan has been experiencing extreme hot and dry temperatures since 12 April. Many rural areas of Sindh are currently experiencing daily highs above 40°C, which are forecast to continue until early May. Average annual temperatures are in the mid-thirties at this time and increase to reach their peak in May and June, when urban areas including Karachi will be severely affected by the heatwave.
Extreme weather increasingly linked to global warming
The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 – the hottest five-year period on record - and the increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts.
The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and northern hemisphere snow cover.
Le climat mondial 2011-2015: chaud et fantasque
L’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) vient de publier une analyse détaillée du climat mondial de 2011 à 2015 – période quinquennale la plus chaude jamais enregistrée – et de l’empreinte de plus en plus visible de l’être humain sur les phénomènes météorologiques et climatologiques extrêmes, dont les répercussions sont dangereuses et coûteuses.
Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.
During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.
CDKN has undertaken a project to facilitate stakeholders in developing the heatwave management plan for Karachi, Pakistan. Syed Muhammad Abubakar, Knowledge Officer, CDKN Asia highlights how this project will initiate a process at the local level to help the development of the heatwave management plan, in coordination with and through the consensus of all stakeholders.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
27 July 2017, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today warned of a possible rise in heatwave deaths as climate change drives record warmth around the world, epitomised by the 54ºC recorded in Kuwait last week.