Bavaria: Expert on heat action plans: "Very high need for action"

Munich/Augsburg (dpa/lby) - In view of the increasing number of hot days in Bavaria, environmental doctor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann sees a great need for so-called heat action plans in cities and communities.

Bavaria: Expert on heat action plans: "Very high need for action"

Munich/Augsburg (dpa/lby) - In view of the increasing number of hot days in Bavaria, environmental doctor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann sees a great need for so-called heat action plans in cities and communities. These "play a very central role," said the expert from the University of Augsburg of the German Press Agency. So far, there has been a lack of attention to the topic in Bavaria, cities like Cologne or Worms are further along. "There is a very, very high need for action," said the expert.

Municipalities can set out various measures in a heat action plan to protect their citizens from the heat. The spectrum ranges from information material for people to complex infrastructure measures such as the unsealing of roads and the creation of new green spaces. Several cities such as Nuremberg, Würzburg and Regensburg are working on a corresponding action plan.

According to a recent study by the Robert Koch Institute, there were around 8,700 heat-related deaths in Germany in 2018, around 6,900 in 2019 and around 3,700 in 2020. Again and again, emergency rooms report higher stress on hot days. Traidl-Hoffmann can confirm this for the Augsburg University Hospital: "After several days of hot weather, we see more older people with kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases. Also often people with dementia who forget to drink anyway and are then even more dehydrated."

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