A UN report has found that extreme weather conditions and the effects of climate change have killed thousands of people over the past year, and were responsible for huge economic losses in every part of Asia.

“Sustainable development is threatened, with food and water insecurity, health risks and environmental degradation on the rise” a new report published by the WMO concludes.

Severe weather persists to threaten sustainable development – tropical cyclones, floods, and droughts are estimated to cause several hundred billion dollars of annual losses.

The report says that by 2020, some 50 million people would have been affected by floods and storms, with more than 5.000 killed.

It states that the repercussions for some countries are significant when they are converted into ratios of gross domestic product (GDP), especially India, Iran, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, where the harm is in excess of 0.5% of GDP.

The report pointed out that during rapid propagation of COVID-19 in May 2020, Cyclone Amphan, one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, hit heavily populated coastal regions of Bangladesh and India.

In India, West Bengal, 13.6 million people have been affected, and cyclone damage has added up to about $14 billion.

According to the report, Asia will have 50 million or so people hit by floods and storms by 2020, with more than 5.000 deaths and losses of more than $400 billion in China, India and Japan alone.

India Meteorological Department

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The India Meteorological Department is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India. It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, (wikipedia)

United Nations

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization aiming to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, (wikipedia)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. (wikipedia)

World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology and geophysics. (wikipedia)

Petteri Taalas

Petteri Taalas is the Secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Appointed in 2015 by the World Meteorological Congress, (wikipedia)