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Photos: Pakistanis seek ways to beat the deadly heat

Scorching heat and power grid failures in Pakistan’s southern region have caused the deaths of more than 600 people, and the toll is expected to climb, Pakistani health officials said Tuesday.

Officials worked to open temporary health facilities and cooling booths to prevent heat stroke and other illnesses in the population as temperatures rose past 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week.

The heat wave came as Muslims were abstaining from food and water during the holy month of Ramadan.

People sought relief in the major port city of Karachi by jumping into streams and seeking shade under bridges.

A woman fans her son while they wait along with others for treatment at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A woman fans her son while they wait along with others for treatment at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A stream in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan provides some relief on June 23, after days of extreme heat. Photo by Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

A stream in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan provides some relief on June 23, after days of extreme heat. Photo by Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Men fill their water bottles at a public tap in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23, following days of intense heat. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Men fill their water bottles at a public tap in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23, following days of intense heat. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Volunteers hand out drinking water outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Volunteers hand out drinking water outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A man tries to cool down his son while waiting for a checkup outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A man tries to cool down his son while waiting for a checkup outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan on June 23. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Men try to escape the heat under a bridge in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Men try to escape the heat under a bridge in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Relatives sit beside the body of someone who died due to an intense heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Relatives sit beside the body of someone who died due to an intense heat wave in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A relative waits while volunteers search for a body among those who died from the heat at Edhi Foundation morgue in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A relative waits while volunteers search for a body among those who died from the heat at Edhi Foundation morgue in Karachi, Pakistan on June 22. Photo by Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

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