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Heat wave kills in Pakistan - U.S Defence Secretary on Ukraine and Baltic states

Heat wave kills in Pakistan - U.S Defence Secretary on Ukraine and Baltic states

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    Jun 24, 2015   Author : admin

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A boiling heat wave across southern Pakistan has killed nearly 700 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues are packed with the dead, while crowded hospitals are having a hard time providing aid to those in need. 

Health officials said most deaths occurred in the largest city of Pakistan, Karachi, which has experienced temperatures as high as 45C (113F) in recent days.

As thousands of Pakistanis are facing the heat without electricity due to widespread power outages, Pakistan’s prime minister called for emergency measures.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported about the orders to take immediate action from Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan’s army has also been reportedly deployed to aid in setting up special care centers and assist the NDMA, the report added. 

Hot weather is not something unusual during summer in Pakistan, but such prolonged power outages seem to have made matters worse, the BBC’s Shahzeb Jillani reported.

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In other news, the U.S. military has announced it will be sending dozens of tanks, Bradley armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers to allied countries in the Baltics and Eastern Europe amid Russian aggression and repeated destabilizing actions in Ukraine and in the Baltic states, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

During his trip to Tallinn, Carter said the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia as well as other Eastern allies – Bulgaria, Romania and Poland – have agreed to position the above-mentioned heavy military equipment on their territories. Furthermore, some of the hardware would also be located in Germany.

“We must prepare NATO and our allies for cyber challenges, particularly from Russia,” the U.S. chief said in during the announcement.

Carter also confirmed that the U.S. and its NATO allies are set to boost cyber defense efforts. 

Russia has repeatedly violated the Baltic states’ airspace, which sparked concerns in the West and prompted NATO to prevent such violation from happening again.

 

Images via B.K. Bangash/AP, AFP Photo/Janek Skarzynski

Written by MYC Bulletin Writer Polina Tikhonova

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