Guwahati: The Council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in its latest reports has said that Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Bihar are the most vulnerable to extreme climate events such as floods, droughts and cyclones in India, according to Climate Vulnerability Index.
According to the study by CEEW, 27 Indian states and Union Territories are vulnerable to extreme climate events which often disrupt the local economy and displace weaker communities.
The report 'Mapping India's Climate Vulnerability – A District-Level Assessment', supported by the India Climate Collaborative and EdelGive Foundation, has carried out the study on 640 districts of the country. The study has revealed that 463 of these are prone to extreme floods, droughts and cyclones are affected.
The study has revealed two districts of Assam including Dhemaji and Nagaon in Assam, Khammam in Telangana, Gajapati in Odisha, Vizianagaram in Andhrapradesh, Sangli in Maharashtra, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu are among the most climate sensitive districts in India.
In addition, 183 hotspot districts are highly vulnerable to more than one extreme climate event. The CEEW study also found that more than 60 percent of Indian districts have moderate to low adaptive capacity to deal with extreme weather events.
Last month, the flood which had hit Assam has affected 6.47 lakh people in 22 districts, officials said. About 16 districts out of Assam's 34 districts have been submerged by floodwaters.