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Pakistan heat wave toll reaches 90

At least 90 people have died of dehydration, diarrhea and sunstroke in a monthlong spell of extreme summer heat in eastern Pakistan, an official said on Monday.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 20:59 IST

At least 90 people have died of dehydration, diarrhea and sunstroke in a monthlong spell of extreme summer heat in eastern Pakistan, an official said on Monday.

Two weeks ago, 75 people had been reported to have died of heat in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province but the has toll increased, said Javed Asghar, a health adviser to the provincial government. "At least 90 people have died due to the heat" in the past month or so, he said.

Summer temperatures have shot up across Pakistan, reaching 49 degrees Celsius in some parts of Punjab. Rain is forecast for some areas in Punjab, which will likely provide relief from the heat, said Ikramuddin, an official at the state-run Meteorological Department in Lahore.

Temperature fell in Lahore Sunday night when the city received some rain, he said.