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Some local governments are trying to cope with the scorching heat. Ahmedabad, a city in western India, experienced a particularly devastating heatwave in May 2010: the official death toll rose to 800, with up to 1,300 people indirectly blamed for the deaths. In 2013, the city launched a heat action plan that included adjustments to provide residents with early warning, training healthcare professionals and helping to cool buildings naturally.
Since then, other local governments have followed suit and made their own plans, but some are hoping to see more national measures to help people adapt to the heat, Mandal said.
Reducing emissions will help prevent future worst warming situations, but the current reality is already difficult for many to bear. And India's deadly heat waves provide an example of who will be most affected by the changing climate.
“Here 1.4 billion people will be affected by these heat waves, most of whom have made very little contribution to global warming,” Mandal said. “This incident should put an end to the question of why people should think about climate change.”