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Pakistan heatwave victims remembered by families on Eid

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:25

The end of Ramadan will be a time of mourning for families of those who died in last month's heatwave in Pakistan. Diane Hodges reports.

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For most Muslims, this week's Eid ceremonies will be a time of joy. But for some in Pakistani city of Karachi, it's become a time of mourning. More than 11-hundred people have died in a fierce heat wave. Temperatures soared to nearly 45 degrees Celsius, or nearly 113 Fahrenheit, the highest in 15 years. Qamar-uz-Zaman took his mother to the hospital when she became ill, but it did no good. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) 35-YEAR-OLD MAN, WHOSE MOTHER SALMA KHATOON DIED OF HEATSTROKE, QAMAR-UZ-ZAMAN, SAYING: "They kept her in emergency ward for a while. But her fever shot up to 105, 106 degrees Fahrenheit, then they shifted her to the ward. For four days we were struggling to save her. But she passed away on the morning of 23rd June." The loss devastated his father. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) KHURSHEED ALAM, HUSBAND OF WOMAN WHO DIED OF HEATSTROKE, SAYING: "She was my eyes. She was my hands and feet. I don't know how I will spend Eid without her." The number of sick and injured overwhelmed hospitals and morgues. Pakistan's political parties blamed each other for the crisis. International experts say it shows how ill-prepared many developing nations are for the extreme weather triggered by global climate change. But for the families of the victims, it means they'll be marking the end of Ramadan without some of their most important members.

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Pakistan heatwave victims remembered by families on Eid

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:25