2015 Pakistan heat wave

An impact of climate change is the increased occurrence of extreme weather conditions.

One such extreme weather condition is HEATWAVE.

A severe heat wave with temperatures as high as 49 °C (120 °F) struck southern Pakistan in June 2015. It caused the deaths of about 2,000 people from dehydration and heat stroke, mostly in Sindh province and its capital city,Karachi. The heat wave also claimed the lives of zoo animals and countless agricultural livestock. The event followed a separate heat wave in neighboring India that killed 2,500 people in May 2015.

Causes of the heatwave were

Asif Shuja, the former director general of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, claimed the heat wave was a symptom of global climate change, aggravated by  deforestation, expansion of asphalt superhighways, and rapid urbanisation. He maintained that “there has been a rise in the Earth’s average temperature from 15.5 °C (59.9 °F) to 16.2 °C (61.2 °F) over the last 100 years, due to which we are experiencing such extreme weather conditions both in summers and winters.” Shuja went on to say that the lack of sophisticated weather prediction technology in Pakistan contributed to the casualties of the heat wave.

Here’s a video on the impact of the heatwave – how roads are melting in India (Pakistan’s neighbour)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Pakistan_heat_wave


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