- The International Meteorological Organisation released its “State of Climate Report” for the year 2019.
- According to the report, the climate change has claimed 1,659 lives in India in the year 2019. It also stated that 2019 was the warmest year of India since 1901.
Highlights of the report
- The extreme weather events that occurred in the country in the year 2019 were all linked to climate change. It includes cyclones, floods, heat waves, cold waves, landslides, etc. Of all the states, Bihar reported highest deaths (650) due to extreme weather events.
- Of these 300 died in floods and 350 died due to heat waves. Following Bihar, other states such as Maharashtra, UP, Kerala, Rajasthan and Karnataka showed high numbers of deaths due to extreme weather events.
- New Delhi recorded the longest cold wave duration of 18 days since 1902.