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2 of the 15 Most Destructive Climate Disasters of 2020 Hit India, Report Finds | India News


NEW DELHI: A new global report in its analysis of the 15 most destructive weather disasters of 2020 found that nine of these extreme events, including two in India, caused damage worth at least $ 5 billion. Although hurricanes in the United States and Central American countries turned out to be the costliest ($ 41 billion), flooding in India during the June to October period caused the greatest loss of human life.
In fact, the floods in India, which killed 2,067 people, resulted in the loss of more human lives than casualties in the other 14 destructive weather disasters combined. The floods in Pakistan, which claimed 410 lives, came in second, followed by the United States and Central American countries (400 lives lost in hurricanes) in third position on the list of 15.

2 of the 15 Most Destructive Climate Disasters of 2020 Hit India, Report Finds | India News

On the cost of these financially devastating events, the report, ‘Counting the Cost 2020: A Year of Climate Breakdown’, prepared by the UK-based non-profit Christian Aid, said: “Most of these estimates they are based on insured losses, so the true figure is likely to be much higher. ”
The compilation, released on Sunday, noted that cyclone ‘Amphan’, which struck the Bay of Bengal in May, had caused financial losses valued at $ 13 billion in just a few days in India and Bangladesh and caused the loss of 128 lives. .
Other events raged for months, such as the floods in China and India, costing an estimated $ 32 billion and $ 10 billion, respectively. The report shows that five of the ten most expensive events took place in Asia. Regarding the displacement / evacuation of people due to disasters, cyclone ‘Amphan’ caused the displacement of the largest number of people with 4.9 million in India and Bangladesh, followed by floods in China (3.7 million) and Japan (3.6 million).
“The Covid-19 pandemic has understandably been a huge concern this year. For millions of people in vulnerable parts of the world, climate collapse has exacerbated this. The good news is that, like the Covid-19 vaccine, we know how to fix the climate crisis. We need to keep fossil fuels underground, boost investment in clean energy and help those who are suffering on the front lines, ”said Kat Kramer, Christian Aid’s climate policy leader and author of the report.

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