Heat waves on the rise

Dear Editor,
I am writing this letter to express my deep concern about the extreme heat waves that have been plaguing the city of Mumbai and elsewhere in the country since the last two months.
The scorching temperatures have had a devastating impact on the residents, posing serious health issues and affecting the overall well-being of the community.
The frequency and intensity of these heat waves have been alarming, making it very difficult for the people to cope up with the extreme conditions.
The lack of proper infrastructure and limited access to reliable electricity exacerbates the situation, leaving many vulnerable individuals without access to cooling systems or adequate shelter.
The consequences of these heat waves are far-reaching. Heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke and dehydration, have become all too common. The elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions are particularly susceptible to the dangers posed by the extreme heat. It is crucial that immediate measures be taken to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
In order to address the pressing issue of extreme heat waves in the country, urgent action from the governments of various states and relevant authorities are essential.
Prioritizing proactive measures are crucial, including improving urban planning to incorporate more green spaces and increasing shaded areas city wise.
Moreover, investing in public awareness campaigns to educate residents on heat-waves safety measures and establishing accessible cooling centres during extreme heat events are vital steps to alleviate the impact on the community. Furthermore, addressing the underlying factors contributing to climate change and global warming is paramount. Encouraging sustainable practices, such as promoting renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions, can help mitigate the long-term effects of extreme heat waves.
Jubel D’Cruz

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