Hot spell in Karachi to start next month: DG Met

KARACHI: There would be a threat of heat wave till the first week of June 2016 in the metropolis; however, the month of May will be warmer than other months of May in past years, said Pakistan Metrological Department’s Director General Ghulam Rasul on Sunday.

Talking to PPI, the DG said the citizens would be informed through media in this regard and message alerts will be sent to cell phone subscribers so that they could get safety measures during this heat wave. He appreciated that the media has a great role to timely mobilize citizens and aware them in any disaster like situation.

He said the temperature will rise up to 40 degrees Celsius in the upcoming month of May. He said last year a few days of April were also very warm. He warned that the heat wave threat still poses a grave danger to citizens in the city so there is dire need that all institutions should work together and be prepared for any untoward incident.

He further added that they have signed agreement with Karachi Electric (KE) to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during hot spell so that the water supply could be ensured to the citizens.

Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh Qayoom Soomro told PPI that the provincial government is fully prepared to tackle the expected heat wave this year. He said that the heatstroke centers will be established to give timely first aid to citizens. He said federal government should also come forward to help them in this regard.

In this connection, an Edhi Foundation Karachi’s official said that due to expected heat wave, they have already arranged 300 spaces for bodies in Edhi graveyard in case of any loss of life.