Like this one, which volunteers dug with shovels in 110-degree heat for the unclaimed bodies of heroin addicts,
because in addition to gouging cemetery owners, Pakistan has a few perfect human beings.
Of course, before you can bury a body, it needs to get to the morgue, and that requires transport. Karachi has a fleet of funeral vans for this purpose, but supply was really short. People had to improvise. But those vans are special vehicles, and dead bodies need to be kept at a low temperature, or things get seriously gross in a hurry. How are you going to improvise a fleet of vehicles big enough to hold bodies with onboard refriger-- oh god.
Yep, food delivery trucks were pressed into service as makeshift hearses.
Starting a game of "What else rode in the same truck as this" that sort of sapped the fun out of grocery shopping.
Imagine getting pulled over while performing that service. No cop in the world would believe your excuse as to why you have corpses in the back of your ice cream van.
This Is Going To Happen Again
As unprecedented as it might have been, numerous experts have linked the heat wave to global warming, and that's clearly not going away any time soon. Some people have suggested solutions to help minimize future damage, however. One is to improve education for poor people about the dangers of heat-related conditions and how to prevent them. Another easy fix, previously implemented in India, involved replacing a hospital's black tar roof, which absorbs heat, with a white one, which reflects it. Pretty simple stuff, right?
At this point, it should be obvious that "pretty simple" is short for "The sun will burn out before any changes are made."
Too bad the local authorities seem to be sticking to their strategy of shifting blame while doing absolutely jack shit to minimize the consequences if it ever happens again. We have a feeling that this big-budget disaster movie is getting an unwanted sequel sometime very soon ...
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