Urban health is a new arena and climate change and resilience are an even newer arena in rapidly urbanising, developing nations. Within this context, it is the right time to initiate the process of understanding urban health and climate resilience.
Cities are centres of business, industry and economy. Rapid urbanisation is universally considered a symbol of development. The benefits of urbanisation can be better amenities like transport, roads, water supply, drainage, educational institutions, markets, housing, entertainment, and health care.
This is a true saga of the micro experience of a coastal trade city that was marooned by floods for a record 24 times in last century. It is a story of unknown faces whose resilience and determination to survive and thrive again and whose humanitarianism to help the known and unknown, the rich and poor, has made the city what it is today.
When we look at the whole story in context with urban climate change and challenges ahead, it is this spirit of the city to rise again like a phoenix from ashes that makes it unique.