Hot streets, hundreds die from extreme heat in hot cities

Monday, June 20, 2022
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Phoenix Heat and Homeless Issues

During the summer, the Phoenix heat can be unbearable for the homeless. The city is home to thousands of homeless people, many of whom sleep in desert reserves or parks. The heat and homeless issues have increased the number of evictions during the pandemic years, as well as the high cost of housing. As a result, Phoenix has become a tent city. This has led to hundreds of people being forced to sleep on the streets when the temperature peaks in the afternoon. In the recent heat wave, the temperature soared to 114 degrees, and this year has been no different.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) -- Tents of all colors are set up under the scorching sun in Phoenix. It is a mess of plastic and canvas along sidewalks and streets littered with dust. As the heat of summer approaches, the city's hottest big is home to thousands of homeless. Because of the influx in rents, and pandemic-era expulsions, the tent city has grown to be a stifling place. Hundreds more have been forced onto these streets which become eerie when the temperatures rise into the afternoon. It was June, and temperatures reached 114°F (45.5 Celsius). Last year, highs reached 118°F (47.7 Celsius). It's hard to find somewhere cool to sleep at night in the heat of summer. Chris Medlock is a Phoenix homeless man who, to stay out of the crowd, often carries his entire belongings in a backpack. Medlock stated that if a generous soul would offer shelter on their sofa indoors, maybe there'd be more homeless people. In the United States, excessive heat is responsible for more deaths from weather-related causes than flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes. Heat contributes to approximately 1,500 deaths per year in the United States, with advocates estimating that about half of these people are living on the streets. Global warming is causing temperatures to rise almost everywhere. This, combined with severe droughts in certain places, can lead to more intense and prolonged heat waves. These summers were some of the most scorching on record. Only in the County that includes Phoenix at least 130 homeless people Among the 339 people who succumbed to heat-related causes in 2021 were they? Kristie L.Ebi from the University of Washington, who is a professor of global and public health, stated that 130 homeless persons would die in any other manner. This is a serious problem in the United States. Now, it's not just a concern for Phoenix. According to A.A., this summer is likely to bring higher than normal temperatures across most of the world's land areas. Seasonal map Volunteer climatologists were created by Columbia University's International Research Institute. The heat wave that hit the Northwest last summer caused Seattleites to sleep on their roofs and in their yards, as well as flee to air-conditioned hotels. Many people believed to have been homeless were killed outdoors by heat waves, such as a man who fell behind a station. For the first time, Oregon officials have opened 24-hour cooling centres. Volunteer teams fanned out With water and popsicles for homeless encampments in Portland's outskirts. A quick scientific analysis The Pacific Northwest heat wave of last year was almost impossible without climate change. Boston even looks at ways to preserve diverse areas like Chinatown. There, high population and low shade trees can lead to temperatures of up to 106° (41 Celsius) on some days. Strategies include increasing shade and tree canopy, using cool materials on roofs and expanding the network of cooling centres during heat waves. This is not a U.S. issue. An Associated Press analysis Last year, a Columbia University climate school dataset showed that extreme heat exposure has increased by three times and is now affecting about 25% of the population. Extreme heat waves swept across India and Pakistan this spring. Homelessness in these areas is common due to discrimination, lack of housing, and high levels of poverty. In May, Jacobabad (Pakistan), near India's border reached 122°C (50C). Dileep Mavalankar is the head of the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar in western India. He said that because of the poor reporting, it was not known how many people die from heat-related causes. Since 2003, when the heat wave decimated 70,000 Europeans in Europe, cooling centres have been opened throughout Europe for elderly and homeless people. Bicycle-mounted emergency service personnel patrol Madrid's streets and distribute water and ice packs in hot weather. The heat-related health problems that are exacerbated by the excess heat continue to kill around 1,300 Spaniards each year. Last week, Spain and Southern France were hit with unusually warm weather in mid-June. Some areas reached 104 degrees (40 Celsius). Phoenixs'chief climate scientist David Hondula is a climate scientist. New office to help heat mitigation According to a report by, extreme weather is causing severe problems all over the globe. More protections are required for the most vulnerable people, particularly homeless persons, who are 200 times more likely to succumb to heat-related causes than those living in shelters. Cities like New York, Seattle and Minneapolis are facing increasing heat. Officials and advocates in Phoenix hope that a recently renovated building will be transformed into a shelter for the homeless, with 200 beds. This could save many lives. Mac Mais (34 years old) was one of the first people to arrive. Sometimes it can be very rough. Mais, who was homeless since his teens, says that he stays in shelters and wherever else he can. This is where I can actually stay outside and rest, apply for jobs, and stay away from the heat. Teams deliver water to the homeless in Las Vegas by delivering bottled water from teams that are stationed around the area and within a network underground storm drains beneath the Las Vegas Strip. Ahmedabad (India, 8.4 Million) was the first South Asian town to develop a heat action program in 2013. Nongovernmental organizations reach vulnerable individuals through its alert system and send them text messages. People can escape the heat by seeking shelter at bus stops, temples or libraries, and water tankers transport them to their slums. Still, the deaths pile up. Kimberly Rae Haws (62 years old), was burned severely while lying on her back for an unspecified amount of time. Her death later occurred without any investigation. Twitch, a young man who was nicknamed Twitch, died of heat exposure while he sat at a curb next to a Phoenix soup pan in 2018, just hours before the kitchen opened. Jim Baker who manages the St. Vincent de Paul charity's dining room, stated that he was to be moved into permanent housing on Monday. He was devastated by the loss of his mother. These deaths don't usually turn out to be heat-related and many are overlooked due to stigmatization and lack of family connection. A mentally-ill woman aged 62 years old was named Shawna Wright died Last summer, she died in Salt Lake City's hot spot. Her family only published an obituary stating that the system did not protect her in the hottest July in history, which saw temperatures in the triple digits. Tricia Wright's sister said that making it easier to find permanent housing for the homeless would make them more resilient against extreme heat. Tricia Wright spoke of Tricia Wright, her older sister, saying that we always believed she was strong and could handle it. However, no one can withstand that heat. ___ This report was contributed by Aniruddha Ghosal, an AP Science writer in New Delhi, and Frances D'Emilio (Rome) and Ciaran Giles (Madrid). Follow Snow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/asnowreports ___ Read more of AP's climate coverage at http://www.apnews.com/Climate