The Heat Is Online

36 Dead in Pakistan Heat Wave

Pakistan heat wave kills 36, May 7, 2001

The death toll stands at 36 today after a scorching sun over Pakistan brought on a potent weekend heat wave, according to doctors and police. Temperatures skyrocketed to a deadly 122 degrees in some parts of the country.

The blazing heat killed at least 30 people in southern Sindh province, the hottest area of the country. Many of the dead were children. The bursting mercury also claimed lives in Kheirpur, Jacobabad and Hyderabad.

Heat stroke and dehydration were blamed for most of the casualties. Many more people were hospitalized, officials reported.

Parkistan is experiencing a severe drought, as the country heads into what officials say could be one of its hottest years on record.

The drought exacerbated the high death rate, said Saeed Ahmed Somroo, a professor at Sindh University. Rain hasn't fallen in some parts of the country in more than a year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.