A look back at the natural disasters that occurred in India in 2021


  • Between 1970 and 2019, weather, climate and hydrological hazards accounted for 50% of all disasters, 45% of all reported deaths and 74% of all reported economic losses, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  • According to the World Economic Forum, disasters have been recorded over the past 20 years, claiming the lives of 1.23 million people.
  • A look back at the natural disasters that hit different parts of India this year.

While India was already battling the COVID-19 pandemic this year, climate change-induced natural disasters like flooding, cyclones have also made life miserable for the Indian population and sometimes even fatal.

The number of disasters has increased fivefold over the 50-year period, driven by climate change, more extreme weather conditions and improved reporting. Between 1970 and 2019, weather, climate and hydrological hazards accounted for 50% of all disasters, 45% of all reported deaths and 74% of all reported economic losses, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Extreme weather conditions have increased dramatically over the past 20 years and will wreak havoc around the world again, warns the United Nations (UN).

According to the World Economic Forum, 7,348 disasters have been recorded over the past 20 years, claiming the lives of 1.23 million people. During the period 2000-2019, China reported 577 disasters – the highest, followed by the United States (467) and India (321).

A look back at the natural disasters that hit different parts of India this year –