Death toll from a heat wave in Pakistan rose to more than two dozen people, officials said on Monday.
The rescue official, Meraj Ahmed said that no fewer than 13 devotees marking a 13th-Century Sufi saint’s birthday in the southern province of Sindh died as temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius.
“Twelve more deaths were attributed to the heat on Monday as the temperature climbed another degree to 47,’’ Ahmed said.
Thousands of men and women throng the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Dadu district every year to pay their respect to the saint, born in present-day Iran.
Report says heat waves kill thousands of people across South Asia every summer.
Temperatures in Pakistan’s southern deserts sometimes touch 50 degrees Celsius.
In neighbouring India, nearly 2,500 people died in April and May from a heat wave in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telagana.