Nearly 150 die of heatstroke in Pakistan's Karachi

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A Pakistani man carries the body of his three year old son outside the cold storage of the Edhi morgue in Karachi on June 22, 2015, after his death in a heatwave. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani Muslims cool themselves with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani man carries the body of his three year-old son outside the cold storage of the Edhi morgue in Karachi on June 22, 2015, after his death during a heatwave. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani Muslim man cools down with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani man carries a heatwave victim to a hospital in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani Muslim rests at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani man shifts a heatwave victim to a hospital in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani Muslims rest at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani Muslim man cools down with water at a mosque during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistanis cool off in the sea during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said, as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani man cool off with his children in the sea during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said, as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani youths cool themselves off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani youth cools off in the sea during a heatwave in Karachi on June 22, 2015. Nearly 200 people have died in a heatwave in southern Pakistan, officials said, as the government called in the army to help tackle widespread heatstroke in the worst-hit city Karachi. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani youths cool themselves off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani youths cool themselves off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani youth cools off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani man cools off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani youth jumps into a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani youths cool themselves off at a river during a heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani youths cool themselves off at a river during heatwave on the outskirts of Islamabad on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
KARAHCI, PAKISTAN - JUNE 22: Rescue workers at a mortury shifting the bodies of the people who died of extreme heatwave in port city of Karachi in last three days. 136 have died across pakistan-mostly in Karachi- due to unprecedented heatwave in last three days. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani volunteers and relatives prepare to shift the bodies of heatwave victims into the cold storage of the Edhi morgue in Karachi on June 22, 2015. A heatwave in Pakistan's largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials said. The southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 20, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 C in June 1979. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Nearly 150 people have died from heatstroke in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi in the last two days, officials said Monday.

Hospital reports confirm at least 148 deaths, said the city's health director, Zafar Ejaz.

Hundreds more are being treated for heat-related ailments, including fever and dehydration, said Seemi Jamali, a spokeswoman for Jinnah Hospital. She added that most of the deaths have been among elderly people.

Karachi has been in the grip of a rare heat wave, with temperatures soaring to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). A collapse of the local power grid over the weekend made matters worse.

The heat wave is the worst in at least a decade, but the arrival of monsoon rains in the coming days should bring relief, meteorologist Mohammad Hanif said.

Health officials have advised people to stay out of the sun and drink more fluids.

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