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More than 100 die of heatstroke in 2 days in Pakistan

  • A Pakistani cools off himself at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    A Pakistani cools off himself at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani youths cool off themselves at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani youths cool off themselves at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani youths cool off themselves at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani youths cool off themselves at a river on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat wave conditions with temperatures reaching 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistani officials say more than 100 people have died from heatstroke in the southern port city of Karachi in the last two days.

Seemi Jamali, a spokeswoman for city's Jinnah Hospital, confirmed the deaths on Monday. She says hundreds more have been admitted to the hospital with heat-related ailments, including fever and dehydration.

Karachi is 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.

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