Feet get a breather when AC turned off

Pakistanis are facing heat wave conditions. Photo / AP
Pakistanis are facing heat wave conditions. Photo / AP

Can socks, or rather an absence of them, save Pakistan this summer?

In the latest directive from the country's caretaker Government, civil servants have been told that they should not wear socks to the office as part of a plan to try and keep cool without air-conditioning.

Pakistan suffers from crippling, debilitating power cuts of up to 18 hours a day. Improving capacity and reducing those huge shortages will be among the first priorities of Prime Minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif.

Last week the caretaker Government said it would cut off the air-conditioning in government buildings this summer, despite temperatures of more than 40C.

And socks are not to be worn.

A Pakistani boy (above) takes a plunge to beat 43C heat in Islamabad. In some cities the heat has reached 48C.

- Independent

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