Wednesday, May 29, 2024

233 killed due to extreme weather events in India between January and April: Report

Extreme weather events claimed at least 233 lives and damaged 0.95 million hectare of cropland in India in between 2023 January and 2023 April, said Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Rajasthan and Maharashtra reported the maximum number of extreme weather days (30 each), followed by Himachal Pradesh (28) and Bihar and Madhya Pradesh (27), PTI report, citing CSE report.

The National Capital Region reported extreme weather on 12 days as against 25 during the period last year.

Lightning and storms occurred on 58 days this time as compared to 35 days during the corresponding period in 2022. India recorded just 15 heatwave days in the first four months of 2023 as compared to 40 days last year.

India experienced extreme weather events on 314 of the 365 days in 2022. The events claimed 3,026 lives and damaged 1.96 million hectares (ha) crop area.

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