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Data On Fatalities Due To Hydro-Meteorological Calamities

Data On Fatalities Caused Due To Hydro-Meteorological Calamities:

The Union Home Ministry has released data on fatalities caused due to hydro-meteorological calamities.

  • Hydro-meteorological calamities and hazards include flash floods, cloudburst and landslides


  • Nearly 6,800 people lost their lives in the country over the past three years due to hydro-meteorological calamities.
  • West Bengal has recorded the highest deaths among all States.
  • The causes for these calamities include extreme rainfall events or cloudbursts.
  • These types of fatal landslip events are common almost every year, mainly in the Himalayan States, in the Western Ghats, and Konkan areas.
  • In terms of funds released by the Centre under State Disaster Response Funds, highest funds were allocated to Maharashtra.
  • Over the past three years, West Bengal had braved four tropical cyclones — Fani (May 2019), Bulbul (November 2019), Amphan (May 2020) and Yaas (May 2021).
  • Under the Disaster Management Act, States were empowered to take action to prevent deaths due to natural calamities.