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Year 2017 made India second worst nation in extreme weather deaths

Period under consideration

Period under consideration

The report by Germanwatch, an independent development organisation, studied the period between 1998 and 2017, during which India, ranked 14th on the global vulnerability list, on an average lost 3,660 people every year, with a total of 73,212 casualties.

The extreme weather events resulted in a financial loss of $ 67.2 billion (in PPP terms) for India over this period.

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Toll in India

Toll in India

In 2017 alone, 2,736 people died in India, of a total of 11,500 people across the world in extreme weather events such as floods, excessive rain or cyclones.

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Top in toll

Top in toll

Puerto Rico, had the highest fatality numbers with 2,978 deaths.

In September 2017, Puerto Rico and Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes on record.

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Worst affected

Worst affected

Poor countries are hardest hit. But extreme weather events also threaten the further development of upper middle income countries and can even overburden high income countries.

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A lookback

A lookback

India had hit its lowest vulnerability position in 2013, when it was No. 3 in the global Climate Risk Index (CRI) rankings.

The CRI indicates a level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme events that countries should understand as warnings in order to be prepared for more frequent and/or more severe events in the future.

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Stress on climate

Stress on climate

The report authors stressed that even though the evaluation of the rising damages and fatalities do not allow for simple conclusions on the influence of climate change on these events, it shows the increase of heavy disasters and does give a good impression of the vulnerability of nations.

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