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Rising Sea Surface Temperature is Intensifying Cyclones in South Asia, Say Experts

In 2020, about 2,000 people died in floods and cyclones in India, the maximum loss of lives globally due to climate change-triggered events that year, say findings of an international report ‘Counting the Cost 2020: A Year of Climate Breakdown released last December’.

India witnessed the fury of cyclone Yaas on 26 May in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, which left 11 people dead and several others missing apart from causing widespread damage to property and the environment.

It was the second cyclone to hit India within several days that month. Prior to Yaas, the country's western coast had witnessed the fury of tropical Cyclone Tauktae on 14 May, affecting the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and the Goa coast. It left a trail of destruction in the states and nearly 104 people dead.


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