India this year recorded a large increase in extreme weather events.
According to government data, the country has faced heat waves and lightning, and the number of deaths related to these reached its highest level in three years.
The number of heat waves multiplied by eight, 27 in total, and the rays were multiplied by 111, killing 907 peopleaccording to a report from the Ministry of Earth Sciences to Parliament.
thunderstorms increased more than five timesup to 240.
This year’s 2,183 deaths due to such events through last month they were the highest since 3,017 in 2019. Lightning, flooding and heavy rains accounted for 78% of deaths this year, according to the data.
Temperatures during the monsoon season in India have risen this century and the country could see more frequent heat waves in the futurethe government said in August.
India is the world’s third largest carbon polluteralthough its per capita emissions are much lower than those of many developed countries.
This country of almost 1,400 million inhabitants suffered the hottest March in more than a century, with unusually high temperatures recorded in April and May, mainly attributed to climate change.
The World Health Organization states that, between 1998 and 2017, more than 166,000 people died because of heat waves around the world. According to the WHO, between 2030 and 2050 climate change is expected to cause an additional 250,000 deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.
India’s western neighbor, Pakistan, this year faced devastating floods that covered a third of the country, killing more than 1,500 people and affecting millions.