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CHENNAI: Chennai is amongst India’s most ‘local weather’ weak districts, in accordance with vulnerability evaluation carried out by Council on Power, Surroundings and Water (CEEW). This primary-of-its-kind district-level evaluation has ranked Chennai seventh within the record of districts vulnerable to excessive floods and cyclones.

The examine report titled ‘Mapping India’s Local weather Vulnerability’ additionally ranks States based mostly on local weather vulnerability index (CVI) rating, that takes into consideration publicity, sensitivity, and adaptive capability utilizing spatio-temporal evaluation. In accordance with the report, Tamil Nadu ranks twelfth amongst all States. It was developed based mostly on the Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC) SREX framework, which was additionally utilized by the Division of Science and Expertise (DST) to map vulnerability to local weather change.

Chennai has emerged as a hotspot for floods, cyclones, and even drought. The intense flood occasion hotspot districts in India are Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Karimganj, and Dhemaji in Assam, and West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, based mostly on each, frequency and depth of occasions.

A analysis from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, reveals city warmth islands over Chennai and Pune triggered sudden cloud bursts. Uttarakhand, Chennai, and Kerala, amongst others, witnessed probably the most devastating floods of the last decade.

Official information reveals the utmost variety of tropical cyclones occurred between November and Might. CEEW evaluation suggests Puri, Chennai, Nellore, Ganjam, Cuttack, East Godavari, and Srikakulum are cyclone district hotspots of India. 

Abinash Mohanty, lead writer of the examine, advised TNIE, “The frequency of maximum local weather occasions in India have elevated by virtually 200 per cent since 2005 and the worst-affected are southern States, together with Tamil Nadu. India should demand local weather finance for adaptation-based local weather actions at COP-26.”

Surroundings Secretary Supriya Sahu stated there was little doubt Tamil Nadu, particularly Chennai and different coastal districts, is vulnerable to excessive climate occasions. “We’re within the technique of finalising the Tamil Nadu State Motion Plan on Local weather Change 2.0. Tiruvannamalai and Cuddalore are chosen as pilot districts for getting ready district-level motion plans. By the top of November, district-level plans ought to  be prepared. It is a very complicated situation and needs to be approached very systematically.” Chief Minister MK Stalin made this a precedence space by allocating `500 crore within the price range in direction of the Local weather Change Mission.


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