Pakistan’s government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country’s southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding.

A government statement on the latest death toll from the heat wave was handed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a high-level meeting in Karachi, the Sindh provincial capital.

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Sharif was in Karachi on Wednesday to assess the situation. The statement says the prime minister was informed that a total of 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated at the city’s hospitals over the past two weeks.

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The heat wave, which began on June 19, coincided with the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when Muslims observe a dawn-to-dusk fast and abstain from drinking water. Pakistan is a majority Muslim country.

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