Kerala’s action plan to beat the heat during the summer has won national recognition. In a study, Delhi-based Center for Policy Research has rated the action plan implemented by Kerala to combat the rising temperatures during summer as the best in the country for its effectiveness.
According to the details, among 37 heat action plans prepared across India, Kerala’s plan got the best score. “Kerala has prepared the action plan after identifying the sections of the population that are most vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves and the risk of accidents,” said the officials. The heat action plan of Kerala came first as it addressed all the essential indicators to deal with the heat related issues during the summer.
“Taking a long-term view of rising temperatures, Kerala is at the forefront of preparing short and long-term solutions to mitigate the problems caused by summer heat in various sectors including infrastructure, technology, and the environment. Kerala’s action plan is unique in its efforts to identify new and vulnerable groups, such as online food delivery executives,” the study said.
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has come out with the Heat Action Plan after the state started to record more heat stroke cases. As per a report prepared by KSDMA in March 2023, certain areas in Kerala have recorded a heat index of more than 54 Degree Celsius. The report said that the rising temperature can cause serious health risks if no proper health care is taken. Apart from certain areas in Thiruvananthapuram, the other districts that recorded a heat index of 54 Degree Celsius were Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Kannur.