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.