8 states highly vulnerable to climate change in India: Report

Eight states, all towards India’s eastern flank, are highly vulnerable to climate change, says the National Climate Vulnerability Assessment Report released on Saturday. The report has identified Jharkhand, Mizoram, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal as states highly vulnerable to climate change. “These states, mostly in the eastern part of the country, require prioritisation of adaptation interventions,” the report states.

The report, titled Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Adaptation Planning in India Using a Common Framework was released by Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Department of Science and Technology. It identifies the most vulnerable states and districts in India with respect to current climate risk and key drivers of vulnerability. Assam, Bihar, and Jharkhand have over 60 per cent districts in the category of highly vulnerable districts.

“We have seen how extreme events are on rise both in terms of their number and severity. Mapping the parts of India that are vulnerable to such changes will help initiating climate actions at the ground level. The report should be made easily accessible to all stakeholders so that it can benefit climate-vulnerable communities across India through development of better-designed climate change adaptation projects,” said Sharma.

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