Author: Gursharan Bhalla

40% of India is moderately to very highly vulnerable to cold wave: here's what it means

Source(s): Times of India, the


India has got its first climate vulnerability atlas, based on 14 extreme weather events and the risks they pose to the local population, livelihoods and economy of each district.

Nearly 16% of the districts and 24% of population in India have high to very high vulnerability to cold waves, the  India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s Climate Hazards and Vulnerability Atlas of India for the 13 most hazardous meteorological events has revealed.


Further, it says 36% of the districts and 40% of the population are moderate to very highly vulnerable for cold wave, a report by the IMD’s Climate Hazards and Vulnerability Atlas has revealed.

Meanwhile, 8% of the districts and 7% of the population are moderate to very highly vulnerable (2% of the districts and population are highly vulnerable) for the fog annually, the report said.


Uttar Pradesh with its 75 districts is the most vulnerable state for cold waves. Among the other high to very high vulnerable states and Union territories (UTs) to cold waves in the decreasing order of the number of prone districts are: Rajasthan (17), Bihar (14), Jharkhand (1), and Punjab (1).


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