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More than 400 people die of heatstroke in 3 days in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi

  • People cool themselves with a broken water pipeline in Islamabad, Pakistan as temperatures increased during Ramadan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. More than 100 people have died from heatstroke in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi in the last two days, officials said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    People cool themselves with a broken water pipeline in Islamabad, Pakistan as temperatures increased during Ramadan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. More than 100 people have died from heatstroke in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi in the last two days, officials said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • People rush a patient to a hospital suffering from heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across southern Pakistan's city of Karachi has killed more than 400 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    People rush a patient to a hospital suffering from heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across southern Pakistan's city of Karachi has killed more than 400 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

  • People rush a patient to a hospital suffering from heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  A scorching heat wave across southern Pakistan's city of Karachi has killed more than 400 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    People rush a patient to a hospital suffering from heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across southern Pakistan's city of Karachi has killed more than 400 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say more than 400 people have died from heatstroke in the last three days in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Health director Zafar Ejaz confirmed on Tuesday at least 413 deaths.

Seemi Jamali, spokeswoman for the Jinnah Hospital says hundreds more are being treated for heat-related ailments, including fever and dehydration, and the city mortuaries are running short of space. She says most of the deaths have been among the elderly.

Provincial Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has closed schools and public offices until the heat wave cools off.

Meteorologist Mohammad Hanif says the current heat wave has been rare, with temperatures soaring to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). But he predicts rain in the coming days to bring some relief.