Meteorological Department said – 2021 was the fifth hottest year in the last 120 years, 1,750 lives were lost due to disasters

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that the year 2021 was the fifth warmest year in India since 1901. According to the IMD, the average annual air temperature in the country was recorded at 0.44 degree Celsius above normal. The department said that 1,750 people have died due to weather events like floods, cyclonic storms, heavy rains, landslides, lightning during the year in the country.

The Meteorological Department’s Annual Climate Statement, 2021 states, “The year 2021 since 1901 was the fifth warmest year in the country after 2016, 2009, 2017 and 2010. The average annual air temperature for the country was recorded at 0.44 degrees Celsius above normal.

In 2016, the average annual air temperature for the country was 0.710 degrees Celsius above normal, the department said. It was 0.550 °C and 0.541 °C higher than the average temperature in the year 2009 and 2017 respectively. She said that in 2010, the mean annual air temperature was 0.539 degrees Celsius above normal.

The department said that 787 people were reportedly killed in 2021 due to thunderstorms and lightning in India while 759 people died in incidents related to heavy rains and floods that year. The statement said that 172 people died due to the cyclonic storm and 32 others died due to other weather-related incidents.

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