UN report brands India second worst-hit by floods after China, Puja faces heavy rain

New Delhi: Amid the ‘threat’ of heavy shower during Puja, a UN report said India is second worst affected after China with 17 floods every year, compared to China’s 20.
According to the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR),Asia, including India, accounted for 41 per cent of all floods worldwide and 93 per cent of all affected people (by floods) between 2000 and 2019.
Incidentally, the October 13 flash floods in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, claiming lives, is another pointer at extreme weather events striking India with risking frequency.
The UN report pointed to governance issues largely behind huge flood-related casualties as resilient infrastructure-dams, dykes and drainage systems-can significantly contribute to preventing severe impact on population.
The report has found 345 million Indians affected by floods between 2000 and 2019.
Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast that country, especially Eastern India with a special ‘focus’ on Kolkata, could be lashed by spells of heavy shower during Puja under the impact of a deep depression that will hit the Bengal-Bangladesh coast on Friday afternoon, moving along the same route that had been taken by Cyclone Amphan.
The rain could be accompanied by winds at a speed of 30km/hr-40km/hr with occasional gusts of up to 50km/hr, said the Met office.