The latest report published by the World Meteorological Department reveals that India lost over 87 billion dollars due to the destruction caused by natural calamities last year. The report titled ‘State of the Climate in Asia’ released on Tuesday mentioned that annual tropical cyclones, floods, and droughts cause a drastic loss of several hundred billion dollars to the nation.
The list was topped by China with a huge $238 billion loss followed by India’s $87 billion and Japan sits third with $83 billion loss. The highest Annual Average Losses (AALs) were associated with drought, the WMO said.
Referring to the report WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said, “Weather and climate hazards, especially floods, storms, and droughts, had a significant impact in many countries of the region, affecting agriculture and food security, contributing to increased displacement and vulnerability of migrants, refugees, and displaced people, worsening health risks, and exacerbating environmental issues and losses of natural ecosystems”.