LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of severe heatwave yesterday with large scale power outages and water shortage adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

More than 2,000 people across the country were hospitalised due to summer related complications yesterday.

In Lahore, where mercury rose to 45 degrees, two men died of heat while dozens were fainted.

Jacobabad remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 51 degree Celsius.

Maximum temperature in Sibbi, Kot Addu and RY Khan was 50C, Sukkur, NoorpurThal, Bahawalnagar, Bhakkar and Shaheed Benazirabad 49C.

Experts are expecting decrease in the intensity of heat after Sunday evening.

The majority of the patients brought to hospitals yesterday were discharged after necessary treatment. Most of the gastroenteritis and diarrhea patients included children below seven years of age.

Medical experts have advised people to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid heat stroke, gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. They recommended taking freshly cooked meal, enhancing fruit and liquid intake and using boiled water.

People have been urged to avoid junk food, direct exposure to sunlight at noon and in the afternoon, cover head while going out and wear glasses and light dress.

Due to the intense heat, people avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic at otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. The Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including, women and children.

Not only the youth but also elderly people were seen bathing in the canal.

According to the experts, low pressure area lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending southeastward. Continental air will prevail over most parts of the country during next few days. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect upper parts of the country Sunday night. The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. Very hot weather conditions are likely to continue in plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh (Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad divisions), Sibbi and Makran divisions.

As for deaths in Lahore, Rescue workers said these were reported in Factory Area and Bhaati Gate police precincts. The Edhi ambulance service shifted the bodies to morgues.

One of the victims, 60-year-old Muhammad Ali, fell unconscious while walking in a street near the Walton Road. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he expired. Hospital sources believe the old man died of heat stroke.

In the other incident, a 35-year-old drug addict expired in the limits of Bhaati Gate Police. The police were yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

Initial investigations revealed the man was lying unconscious alongside a busy road yesterday afternoon. Rescue workers shifted him to the Mayo Hospital where he was pronounced as brought dead.