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India Grapples with Extreme Weather Events: CSE Report

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India Grapples with Extreme Weather Events: CSE Report

In an alarming revelation, India witnessed extreme weather events on 86% of days in the first nine months of 2023, resulting in approximately 3,000 fatalities, as per a report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The report, 'India 2023: An assessment of extreme weather events,' presents a grim picture of the mounting climate crisis gripping the country.

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Devastating Toll of Extreme Weather

The CSE report unveiled that 2,923 individuals perished, around two million hectares of crops were obliterated, nearly 80,000 homes were decimated, and over 92,000 livestock succumbed to extreme weather events. Lightning and storms were the most frequent disasters, transpiring on 176 days and claiming 711 lives, with Bihar bearing the brunt of the devastation. Heavy rains, floods, and landslides also left a trail of destruction, causing more than 1,900 deaths.

Geographical Spread of the Crisis

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Madhya Pradesh witnessed the highest number of extreme weather events, while Bihar saw the highest death toll. Punjab reported the maximum animal casualties, and Himachal Pradesh accounted for the highest number of demolished houses. Other significantly impacted states included Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Assam, and Nagaland.

Unprecedented Climatic Shifts

The report also underlined that February 2023 was the warmest in 122 years, and India experienced its driest August in the same timeframe. This data only highlights the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events, signaling the escalating climate crisis. Another study by a separate think tank indicated that over 80% of Indians reside in areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, further stressing the urgency of comprehensive climate action.

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