Pakistan: Is Karachi ready to fight the next big heatwave?

Dawn Media Group

[...] Most people admit that the city was caught off guard in 2015, with the collective failure to anticipate the climate change phenomenon contributing to the high death toll.

Along with a lack of awareness of the perils of the killer heat among Karachiites at the time, the month of Ramazan when many were fasting, and prolonged power outages ─ which also led to water shortages ─ exacerbated the situation.

But if this is going to be the new normal ─ and trends since 2015 indicate that that may be the case ─ it poses a fresh challenge for planners and health care services.

Three years on, does Karachi have a plan? And is it prepared for another heatwave of the same magnitude?


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