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India among the most vulnerable countries to climate change

24 May 2018 | Adaptation

Dust storms and other manifestations of climate which India has experienced in recent years are showing today the country''s vulnerability to the effects of climate change caused by human civilization.

With one of the highest densities of economic activity all over the world, a large number of poor people dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and a high dependence on the occurrence of precipitation, India is now a very vulnerable nation to the adverse effects of climate.

According to experts, one of the most important ways in which this global phenomenon will affect the enormous and millennial South Asian nation is through water resources, as its economy depends to a large extent on the results of agriculture.

Climate change could reduce India's agricultural income and non-irrigated areas, in particular, they would be the most affected ones by rising temperatures and declining rainfall.

The former Deputy General Director of the Indian Meteorological Department, Dr Kanti Prasad, told the First Post daily that although data from previous years were not available to compare with this year's dust and storms, the intensity and frequency of these storms is very high.

These are very common phenomena between March and June, but conditions this year are different, including more frequent disturbances in the west which are causing these systems, Prasad warned.

Winds and dust blow at a speed of 65 kilometers per hour, pulling up trees and electricity poles in many regions of the country.

Experts believe lower temperatures due to sand and thunderstorms could have an immediate impact on the approaching monsoon.

KK Gill, a meteorologist at Punjab State Agricultural University in India, says that for a good monsoon to occur it is very important temperatures are high during May and June.

Dust and thunderstorms caused a drop in temperature this May, and now we have to wait until June to see what this year's monsoon will be like, Gill added.

 

 

Source: Prensa Latina