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Pakistan: Bishop of Hyderabad asks for prayer for heat-stricken province

Posted on: June 24, 2015 1:49 PM
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By ACNS staff

The Bishop of Hyderabad of the Church of Pakistan (United), the Rt Revd Kaleem John, yesterday asked for prayer for the people of Pakistan’s Sindh Province, which is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave.  

Local newspaper Dawn reported yesterday citing government sources that the death toll in the southern province had surpassed 700, with over 740 deaths in Karachi.

“The province is experiencing the practical effects of global warming,” Bishop John said. He noted that in addition to the number of deaths in Karachi, the severe heat had claimed the lives of people in the interior of the province.

As temperatures reached 45C on Tuesday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for emergency measures and heat stroke centres were being set up with the help of the army, according to the BBC.

Hot weather is not unusual during summer months in Pakistan, but prolonged power cuts seem to have made matters worse, the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani reports.

“We at the Diocese believe that through our prayers our God, who is the God of miracles, can change the current severe weather from 'lives claiming' to 'lives refreshing',” the bishop said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Share prayers on the Prayer Wall of the Anglican Communion website.