Last week, 13 people died from heatstroke at an open-air event in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, despite the state not facing any heatwave conditions. Experts have cited a combination of high temperature and high humidity as reasons that led to an above normal “wet bulb” temperature. But the lone event has raised questions about the awareness and preparedness of states for extreme and unprecedented weather events.
Having faced the fifth warmest year in 2022, different parts of India are likely to face an incremental impact of global warming this year, thanks to the warming phenomenon of El Niño, which is feared to land in the latter part of the year. But whether it is short-term heat action plans (HAPs) or long-term climate action plans, most states are unprepared for what is to come.
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