Statement on climate of India during 2021
The year 2021 was the fifth warmest year in India since nation-wide records commenced in the country in 1901, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its 'Climate of India during 2021' report. The annual compilation, also shows that the country had reported loss of 1,750 lives due to extreme weather events last year with Maharashtra being the most adversely affected state reporting 350 deaths. Among extreme weather events, lightning & thunderstorms took the highest 787 lives followed by heavy rains, floods and landslides that caused deaths of 759 people. Cyclones caused 172 deaths in different states in 2021.