‘1,989 lives lost due to hydrometeorological calamities in 2020-2021’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A little less than 2,000 deaths were reported by the states and Union territories on account of hydrometeorological calamities/ hazards including flash floods, cloudburst and landslide, during 2020-21, the home ministry informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
In a written reply to a question, MoS (home) Nityanand Rai said as compared to 1,989 human lives lost on account of these disasters, 2,422 lives were lost in 2019-20 and 2400 in 2018-19.
Rai said that as informed by Geological Survey of India (GSI), during the monsoon period from April to October; in Western Ghat terrains from April to December, including the phase of Northeast monsoon, landslide incidences occur in almost all landslide-prone areas, some of which are disastrous leading to loss of lives in the country. In most cases, these are triggered by extreme rainfall events or cloudbursts. “These types of fatal landslide events are common almost every year, mainly in the Himalayan States, in the Western Ghats, and Konkan areas. When the rainfall becomes incessant and much higher than the threshold amount, major landslide events occur, which can cause loss of lives, if elements-at-risk (both static and dynamic) are exposed across its tracks. However, it cannot be conclusively stated from the GSI’s inventory records that these types of fatal events are increasing in recent years,” he stated.
Rai said that during 2021-22, the first instalment of Central share of SDRF amounting to Rs. 8873.60 crore has already been released in advance to all States on April 29, 2021.

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