SDMA directs DCs to ensure precautionary measures during heatwave

KARACHI: Sindh Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has directed district authorities to take precautionary measures amid the ongoing heatwave across the province.

In a circular issued by SDMA, the authority it has been directed to the deputy commissioners to establish heatstroke relief camps in their respective districts.

The letter asked the district authorities to take necessary precautionary measures to avert any loss of life during the heatwave.

The Met Office said in a heatwave alert that a hot to very hot weather will likely to persist in Karachi till saturday 3rd April.

The Met Office had earlier warned that Sindh, Southern Punjab, eastern and southern Balochistan will remain in the grip of very hot and dry weather from Tuesday to to Saturday with dusty winds are in Sindh and Balochistan.

The met department has advised citizens to observe caution during the hot hours. People have also been advised to avoid exposure to open sun especially during 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, peak heat hours, and use plenty of drinks.

Met office said that due to change of winds direction from southwest to north or northeast, hot to very hot and dry weather will prevail in Karachi.

It is pertinent to mention that Karachi experienced the deadliest heatwave in June 2015, Pakistan had ever seen in last 50 years.

Starting on June 19, the port city witnessed sweltering heat that continued for more than five days and in its wake left over 1,200 people dead and 40,000 suffering from heatstroke and heat-related trauma

PMD had also predicted suspension of the sea breeze in daytime, which will add to further soaring of the temperature in the port city.