Rising temperatures to carry big price tag in steamy Sri Lanka
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COLOMBO: Dinesh de Alwis has lived all his life in Ratmalana, a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. When he was young, he remembers, he would rush outside every day to play with friends after school.
“Now if you send the kids out at four, they would faint of heatstroke. It’s that bad,” said the 40-year-old father of two, of the searing heat that has become part of everyday life here.
Colombo is expected to be one of the South Asian cities hardest hit by temperature hikes linked to climate change – hikes that are already being seen in many cities around the world.