Huge surge in cyclone events on Western coast in recent years

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Singh, in his reply, also said that there had been a significant rise in the global average temperature, which is expected to cause more such disastrous weather events. The central government has told the Parliament that highly damaging tropical cyclones have increased in the Arabian Sea region in the last few years. The government statement comes in the wake of the coastal states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, and Karnataka facing multiple tropical cyclones this year, including the Tauktae hurricane that took a heavy toll on lives and property. Significantly, the government also said that the occurrence of storms on the country’s Eastern coast had remained the same as before, the Indian Express reported.


Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh spoke in the Parliament, replying to various questions asked by different MPs. In another significant statement, Singh said that there had been a surge in extreme weather events in recent decades in other parts of the country. Singh said that an analysis of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal regions throughout 1891–2020 revealed that the Arabian Sea or the country’s Western coast is experiencing more tropical cyclones than before.

In his reply to the question asked by MPs Subrat Pathak (BJP) and Chandra Sekhar Sahu (BJD) about the number of deaths in recent tropical cyclones in the country, the minister said that the highest death toll was registered in the Tautkae hurricane early this year with a total of 118 deaths registered. The second-highest number of casualties were reported in the Amphan cyclone in 2020, with 98 deaths. He further revealed that the number of deaths recorded in Cycline Titli(2018) and Cyclone Nilam(2012) was 78 and 75, respectively.

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