UN report says cyclone Amphan caused US$14 bn economic losses in India

United Nations: A flagship UN report has said Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall in May last year near the India-Bangladesh border, was the costliest tropical cyclone on record for the North Indian Ocean, with reported economic losses in India of approximately USD 14 billion.

The State of the Global Climate 2020 report said that extreme weather combined with COVID-19 dealt a double blow for millions of people in 2020.

However, the pandemic-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts.

The year 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record, despite a cooling La Ni a event. The global average temperature was about 1.2 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) level.

The six years since 2015 have been the warmest on record. 2011-2020 was the warmest decade on record.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the launch of the report compiled by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said this is a frightening report. It needs to be read by all leaders and decision-makers in the world. 2020 was an unprecedented year for people and the planet. It was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But this report shows that 2020 was also another unprecedented year of extreme weather and climate disasters.