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Over 1,000 relief camps set up as Sindh braces itself for heatwave

10:46 PM | 21 May, 2024
heatwave in Sindh
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KARACHI – Over 1,000 camps have been established across Sindh in anticipation of a severe heatwave, disaster management officials announced on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of rural Sindh.

“These camps have been set up to provide relief to affected people and help reduce instances of heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses,” said Ajay Kumar, assistant director of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). “They are also equipped with rest areas, water, and glucose for those in need,” he added.

The heatwave is expected to affect much of the country, intensifying over the next week.

Extreme heat in Pakistan often coincides with power shortages, with some areas experiencing up to 15 hours of loadshedding per day, according to local media reports. Pakistan is increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events, which scientists have linked to climate change.

Schools in the province have already postponed annual examinations scheduled for this week, including in Karachi, the mega port city home to over 20 million people.

PDMA Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz noted that “women who spend most of their time in the kitchen and in the fields in rural areas are the hardest hit.”

The heatwave also raises concerns about the survival of livestock, Kumar added.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 21 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 21, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.75
Euro EUR 297  299.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5  354 
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80  75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.75 73.5
Australian Dollar AUD 181.2 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.91 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.11 40.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.62 916.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 28.83 29.13
Omani Riyal OMR 723.62 731.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.08 317.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74

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