Why did so many people die in India this summer where the temperature was eight degrees less than that at Death Valley in the US?
We must rethink how cities are planned, designed, and administered to combat the adverse effects of both the heat island problem and climate change.
Increased power outages causing suffering among ordinary people
About one-third of the country’s total power generation capacity remains unutilised when people across the country are enduring mild and moderate heatwaves.
We need to rapidly find ways to deal with heat stress.
A committee of Rajshahi division asked health officials of eight districts to advise people to stay indoors between 10:00am and 4:00pm, drink plenty of fluids, and shop after dark to deal with the heatwave.
Do we all feel this heat similarly? The answer is no. It is no secret that if you are among the well-off in this not-so-well-off nation, you are better equipped to deal with this heatwave. There is a deep running inequality as to how the heat affects people.