Heat Wave Easing in Pakistan
According to reports, “the worst heat wave to hit Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi for nearly 35 years” has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people (Reuters, Trust.org). Over the weekend, temperatures in the Sindh region rose to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), with some districts reporting temperatures as high as 48C (118F) (ReliefWeb).
High summer temperatures are not unusual for Pakistan, but this year, the heat wave coincided with the start of Ramadan, putting those observing the Islamic month of fasting (by abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sunset) at risk for heatstroke (ReliefWeb). Conditions are also being worsened by daily power outages.
As of June 24, the temperature had gone down to 38C (100F) and weather conditions were expected to improve. Although light to moderate rainfall has been forecast, reports indicate that there has been no significant rainfall (Reuters, ECHO).
RVA Country Profile: Pakistan
As government and volunteer organizations work to respond to the needs of the affected population in Pakistan, PDC’s Global Risk and Vulnerability Index assesses the susceptibility of the country to damaging effects of a hazard, based on pre-event conditions, via the Vulnerability Index.
This Week in Hazards
- Tropical Storm Kujira made landfall in Southeast Asia on June 22, bringing heavy rain and strong winds as it passed over the island of Hainan (ECHO). On June 24 (local time), Kujira again made landfall in the northern coast of Vietnam, as it continued inland (ECHO, NASA). Reports indicate that several homes have been damaged, and heavy rainfall may continue to affect some areas of northern Vietnam over the next 24 hours (ECHO, NCHMF)
- Continued heavy rainfall is also impacting parts of Thailand, where several districts of Trat Province are at risk for flooding and mudslides (ReliefWeb). On June 24, flood waters reached as high as 1.4 meters (4.3 feet) in two villages affected by overflowing reservoirs. Flooding was also seen in Tak Province, following overnight heavy rain.
- On June 23, the Minister of Health in the Republic of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in Juba County (WHO, ECHO). According to a situation update on June 22, the number of cholera cases had reached 189, including 19 deaths (WHO/Republic of South Sudan).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: United States (Southern, Central), Thailand, Brazil (Northern), Costa Rica
Wildfire: Canada (Saskatchewan), United States (California, Alaska)
Extreme Temperature: Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Drought: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, St. Lucia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, United States (Western)
Biomedical: West Africa
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