A new report called ‘Code Red for a healthy future’ published by the Lancet states that India is one of the top five countries with the highest rate of heat wave exposure over the past five years.
India ranks fifth followed by China, Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria. China observed extreme levels of heat waves making it the most affected & vulnerable.
“Climate change is here and we’re already seeing it damaging human health across the world,” Anthony Costello, Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown, said in a statement.
The report also revealed the decline in the hours for physical activity of the citizens due to the extreme hot weather conditions.
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues, every country is facing some aspect of the climate crisis too. The 2021 report shows that populations of 134 countries have experienced an increase in exposure to wildfires. Millions of farmers and construction workers could have lost income because on some days it’s just too hot for them to work. Drought is more widespread than ever before.”, Anthony Costello said.