Number of bodies found in Karachi in single day rises to 14

Edhi official says most bodies belong to drug addicts who passed away due to extreme heat

A representational image of an ambulance along with police personnel at an incident site. — AFP/File
  • Edhi official says most bodies are that of drug addicts.
  • He highlights increased risk of death due to narcotics' consumption.
  • Fatalities attributed to extreme heat in metropolis.

KARACHI: In a rather unusual turn of events, as many as 14 bodies were found in the country's financial hub on Sunday, The News reported on Monday.

Most of the deceased were drug addicts who died due to severe heat while being under the influence of drugs, the publication reported citing Edhi Foundation official Azeem Khan.

The official further highlighted that fatalities have been increasing amid scorching heat coupled rising number of drug addicts stressing that the more the drug addicts continued to consume narcotics in the extremely hot weather, the more the risk of death would be.

His remarks come as the city has been gripped with hot and humid weather with temperature soaring to a maximum of 39°C coupled with 75% humidity in the megalopolis on Sunday.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted a further increase in the temperature with forecast of hot winds which are expected to blow from the city's northwest today.

With 76% humidity, the temperature in the metropolis is expected to remain between 38 to 40°C, the Met Office added.

Out of the total 14 bodies, three were found in Pak Colony's Lashari neighbourhood near the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) ground and belonged to suspected drug addicts aged between 25 to 45 years old.

Meanwhile, the body of an unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was found in the Artillery Maidan area near Karachi Press Club, whereas another person, in his 40s, was found dead in Jamshed Quarters near Jahangir Road.

Another person, who appeared to be in his 60s, was found dead in the Pak Colony area near Kala School in Karachi's Old Golimar neighbourhood.

The bodies of the aforesaid people have been shifted to the Civil Hospital.

In Korangi Industrial Area near Godam Chowrangi, the body of an unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was found on a footpath and shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Furthermore, a teenager was found dead in the New Karachi Industrial Area near Khamiso Goth Cemetery Gate, whereas the body of an unidentified man, around 45 years of age, was found in Orangi Town Sector 15 and was transferred to the police station.

In the Khayaban-e-Sehar Commercial area in Defence Phase VII, the body of an unidentified man, who appeared to be around 40 years old, was found and taken to the police station. In Landhi, the body of an unidentified man seemingly in his 30s was found.

In the Baghdadi area of Lyari, a newborn was found dead in a garbage dump. Police handed over the body to a welfare organisation for burial.

Moreover, a decomposed body was found in a house in Orangi Town's Dana Nagar area as well, whereas a two-day-old decomposed body was found in a house in Mehmoodabad No 1. The deceased has been identified as a 29-year-old named "Mehran" and the body has been shifted to Jinnah hospital.

Additionally, the three-to-four-day-old body of 60-year-old Muhammad Ayub was found in a house in the Shanti Nagar area within the limits of the Aziz Bhatti police station and was later shifted to Jinnah hospital with the police saying that the cause of death had not been ascertained yet.

All the bodies have now been shifted to various morgues across the city.