Climate resilience and Disaster Risk management

When temperatures soared in the Western
Indian city of Ahmedabad three years ago, the
tin-roofed homes of the city’s slum dwellers
became deadly. Built as humble shelters from
the rain, these fragile structures turned into
solar ovens in the heatwave. They trapped
and concentrated the sun’s energy on the
unsuspecting residents beneath. During May
2010, government meteorological stations
recorded a high of 46.8 oC (116o F) in the
outside air temperature; the Indian Institute
of Public Health (IIPH) found that death rates
were ‘substantially’ above normal.

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