India has experienced an extreme weather disaster almost every day of the first nine months of this year, according to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Report informs referring to The Weather Channel.
From heat and cold waves, cyclones and lightning to heavy rain, floods and landslides, such events hit the country with an alarming frequency, affecting 86% of the days between January 1 and September 30.
These disasters have caused significant damage, including 2,923 human fatalities, destruction of over 80,000 houses, and the loss of more than 92,000 livestock. The impact on the country's agriculture has also been severe, with 1.84 million hectares (mha) of crop area being impacted.
However, these figures may underestimate the scale of the damage, as data for each event is not collated, and losses of public property or agriculture are not calculated.
CSE's and Down To Earth magazine's new pre-COP28 assessment of extreme weather events in India in 2023 reveals that these statistics are part of a worrying trend. The report, titled "India 2023: An assessment of extreme weather events," attempts to build an evidence base on the frequency and expanding geography of such events in the country. According to the report, India experienced extreme weather events on 235 of the 273 days between January 1 and September 30, which is a little over 86% of the days.