Four out of every five Indians are vulnerable to extreme climate events like floods, droughts and cyclones

Oct 26, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

According to a Climate Vulnerability Index report by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW),...

...27 states including union territories are vulnerable to extreme climate events.

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And around 80 percent of Indians live in these states, which are vulnerable to climate risks.

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Another study by India Climate Collaborative and Edelgive Foundation further highlights that...

...463 out of 640 districts in India are vulnerable to extreme floods, droughts and cyclones.

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The CEEW study says that the risk of floods is higher in the north-eastern states...

...while south and central parts face risk of extreme droughts.

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These are the states and districts vulnerable to climate risks, according to CEEW report —

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Dhemaji, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Darrang, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Karbi, Anglong, Sonitpur and Bongaigaon districts in Assam are most vulnerable to extreme floods and associated events.

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Khammam district in Telangana is reportedly most vulnerable to these climatic events.

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The report finds Gajapati district to be more prone to climate risks in Odisha.

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Andhra Pradesh

East Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Prakasam, Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellor, Srikakulam, Vizianagram, West Godavari and Y.S.R districts in Andhra Pradesh are highly vulnerable to floods, cyclones and droughts.

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Ahmadnagar, Parbhani, Nandurbar, Nanded and Mumbai districts in Maharashtra are most vulnerable to compounded impacts of extreme events.

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Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Pashchim Champaran, Banka, Khagaria and Arabia districts in Bihar are vulnerable to all three hydro-met events (floods, cyclones and droughts).

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Disaster Management Plans in states

The study further says that only 63 percent of Indian districts have a District Disaster Management Plan. These plans need to be updated every year and only 32 percent of them had updated plans until 2019.

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