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Country Report Pakistan

  • ID: 2101420
  • June 2015
  • Region: Pakistan
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On June 23rd the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, implemented emergency measures after days of record temperatures crippled the country's power and water supplies.

Pakistan's fragile public health, water and electricity infrastructure has almost collapsed under the stress of one of the most severe heatwaves in decades. The impact has been particularly felt in the country's most populous city, Karachi (home to an estimated 20m people), where public hospitals have been overwhelmed by the thousands of patients in need of treatment for heatstroke, dehydration and related illnesses. The army has been deployed to help to establish heat-stroke centres to treat patients, in co-ordination with the National Disaster Management Authority.

The health risks of high temperatures have been exacerbated by the commencement of Ramadan, in addition to power and water shortages. Indeed, the recent development has laid bare the dire state of the country's power and water distribution networks. Although prolonged power cuts and load-shedding (administered power outages) are not unusual during the summer months, when demand peaks, the power sector in Karachi-which is run by a private company, K-Electric-has reportedly increased power cuts during the past few weeks, triggering sporadic protests throughout the southern province of Sindh. Power outages have also crippled the water supply system in the port city, hampering the pumping of water to consumers. A large number of businesses have been shut down during the period.

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Country Report Pakistan

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