The heatwave that has been going on since the advent of Ramadan on Friday has caused havoc and triggered an emergency situation in major hospitals of the province.

Three major state-owned hospitals confirmed a combined death toll of 341 until yesterday, while other hospitals also reported deaths due to heat stroke, exhaustion and low blood pressure.

"We have until yesterday evening had nearly 200 deaths from this heat wave," said Seemi Jamali, Medical Superintendent at Jinnah Hospital.

"These 200 include dead bodies we have got from the scorching heat wave and those who passed away in the hospital while under treatment for heat stroke and dehydration," she added.

Jamali stated the hospital had in four days treated around 3000 people suffering from illnesses related to the heat wave. While doctors at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said 71 people had died due to the heat wave until yesterday, Saeed Qureshi, a doctor at the Civil hospital confirmed 70 deaths.

"There have been deaths from the heat wave at other hospitals also and the death toll is close to 400 now," Qureshi added.a

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