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.