Extreme weather events claimed 1,750 lives in India in 2021, Maharashtra worst affected; Check State Wise List

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday (January 14, 2022) issued a statement on ‘Climate of India during 2021’ and said that the country saw around 1,750 deaths due to extreme weather events last year.

The Meteorological Department said Maharashtra was the worst-affected state with 350 deaths, followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

It reported that thunderstorms and lightning killed more than 780 people in India last year, while 759 people died in incidents related to heavy rains and floods.

The IMD said the cyclonic storm claimed 172 lives and other extreme weather events led to the death of 32 others.

According to the report, 215 people lost their lives in Maharashtra, 143 in Uttarakhand, 55 in Himachal Pradesh, 53 in Kerala and 46 in Andhra Pradesh in incidents related to heavy rains and floods.

213 people lost their lives in Odisha, 156 in Madhya Pradesh, 89 in Bihar, 76 in Maharashtra, 58 in West Bengal, 54 in Jharkhand, 49 in Uttar Pradesh and 48 in Rajasthan.

IMD Weather Alert 2021

The Meteorological Department said that 223 people have died in Odisha, 191 in Madhya Pradesh, 147 in Uttarakhand, 102 in Bihar, 98 in Uttar Pradesh, 92 in Gujarat and 86 in West Bengal.

67 in Kerala, 62 in Rajasthan, 59 in Himachal Pradesh, 57 in Jharkhand, 50 in Andhra Pradesh, 45 in Karnataka, 34 in Tamil Nadu, 32 in Jammu and Kashmir, 25 in Telangana and 14 in Assam.

Of the seven deaths recorded in Delhi due to extreme weather events, four were due to heavy rains and floods, IMD data showed.

The IMD also said that 2021 was the fifth warmest year on record since 1901. It also said that 11 of the 15 warmest years were during the most recent fifteen years (2007–2021).

(with agency input)

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