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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Vulnerability assessment of households in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to heat stress

This report discusses the vulnerability assessment results of households to heat stress in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The survey results highlight the importance of government support as a critical measure for building heat stress resilience. With 24% of respondents identifying it as the most effective strategy, it suggests that government policies and programs can play a vital role in helping communities adapt to extreme heat. Such initiatives can range from increasing access to air-conditioned public spaces, providing financial support for home improvements that enhance indoor cooling, and developing public education campaigns to raise awareness about the risks of heat stress and how to prevent it.

Overall, the survey findings suggest that building heat stress resilience requires a multi-faceted approach that involves not only government support but also community-based efforts and personal actions aimed at reducing exposure to extreme heat. By implementing these measures, individuals and communities can build their resilience to heat stress and protect themselves from the adverse health effects of extreme heat.