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Environment ministry informed that 2000 people died because of extreme weather events in 2018-19, denies connection to climate change

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Environment ministry informed that 2000 people died because of extreme weather events in 2018-19, denies connection to climate change

Last year, around 2000 people lost their lives due to extreme weather conditions as informed by the environment ministry. But Rajya Sabha Monday denied any direct connection to the global issue of climate change.

In a written reply to a query, Minister of State in the environment ministry Babul Supriyo said:

“As per the information received from the Ministry of Home Affairs, 2405 lives have been reported to be lost during the financial year 2018-19 in the country due to cyclonic storm/flash flood/landslides/cloudburst, etc.”

He also said that global warming may increase in intensity or frequency of weather events.

In reply to another query, whether about 4000 deaths take place every year because of climate change, the minister said:

“India experienced 431 major natural disasters during the period 1980-2010, resulting in loss of human lives, property, and resources. However, any direct attribution to climate change has not been indicated.”

He also said while pointing at the steps taken by the government to handle the issue, the National Action Plan on Climate Change, which is known to comprise missions in particular areas of solar energy, water, agriculture, energy efficiency, sustainable habitat, Himalayan eco-system, green India and strategic knowledge on climate change, was being implemented.

The Rajya Sabha was told:

“The NAPCC provides the overreaching framework for all climate actions. 33 states and union territories have prepared their State Action Plan on Climate Change in line with NAPCC taking into account the state’s specific issues relating to climate change. These SAPCCs outline sector specific and cross-sectoral priority actions including adaptation.”

The minister also informed that the government was implementing a scheme, National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change in order to support adaption measures of states. UTs in areas that are specifically vulnerable to killer impacts of climate change.

“The National Disaster Management Authority has issued several disaster specific guidelines for managing extreme weather-related disasters such as cyclones, floods, and heat wave.”

“The National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project is under implementation in eight coastal states to mitigate the sufferings of the coastal community.”

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