Who is most vulnerable during heatwave?

Climate Change Ministry urges citizens to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities during hot hours from 11am to 3pm

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Who is most vulnerable during heatwave?
Sonari collects muskmelons, at a farm on the outskirts of Jacobabad, May 17, 2022. — Reuters

As heatwave swelters cities across Pakistan, the Ministry of Climate Change has issued an advisory for vulnerable groups to protect themselves amid extreme temperatures.

However, it has issued specific warnings for pregnant women who, according to the ministry, are most at risk of the dangerous impacts of the ongoing heatwave.

The ministry maintained that global warming has increased the risk of deadly heat waves in Pakistan in recent years.

Muhammad Saleem Sheikh, the ministry's spokesperson, warned that pregnant women are more at risk from the current hot weather, while the situation is also disturbing and serious for children, elderly and women due to their weak immune system.

He highlighted the need for individuals to take proactive measures to safeguard their health, urging them to especially avoid unnecessary outdoor activities during the hot hours from 11am to 3pm.

According to the official, the intensifying heat poses significant health risks including dehydration, heat exhaustion, and other heat-related illnesses that can have serious consequences if not addressed promptly. 

Even though anyone can be affected by heatwaves, the spokesperson insisted that pregnant women are more at risk; therefore, it is important that they avoid going outside during high temperatures.

Earlier today, the Pakistan Meteorological Department's (PMD) Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz said the temperature in Karachi was expected to soar above 40°C between Wednesday and Friday.

During this time, he added, the temperature could rise from 40 to 42°C.

According to the weather expert, warm and dry winds might blow from the north-west for most of the day, while the sea winds were likely to resume in the evening.