Centre For Science And Environment Report On Natural Disasters:
According to a recent CSE report, India saw natural disasters almost every day in the first 9 months of 2022.
Key highlights of the report:
- India recorded extreme weather events on 242 of the 273 days from January 1 through September 30, 2022.
- These include heatwaves, cold waves, cyclones, lightning, heavy rainfall, floods and landslides.
- Most affected state: Madhya Pradesh
- Deaths: highest in Himachal Pradesh (359), followed by Madhya Pradesh and Assam.
- Lightning and storms were spread over 30 states and claimed 773 lives.
- Heat waves claimed 45 lives.
- Damage: Assam reported the highest number of damaged houses and animal deaths.
- Worst hit Regions: central and north-western India reported the highest number of days (198 and 195 respectively) with extreme weather events.
- In terms of human lives lost, central India topped the list with 887 deaths, followed by East and North East India (783 deaths).
- Reasons: Global warming-induced changes in the atmospheric and water system around the world.