Extreme climate events are taking a heavy toll in countries around the world, destroying lives and livelihoods. A new IWMI research report presents the first comprehensive overview of the multiple climate hazard risks, and the proposed key issues and challenges facing the South Asian region.
The study shows that approximately 750 million people – over 45 percent of the region´s entire population – were affected by climate hazards during the decade after 2000. Of this total, 72 percent were in India, 12 percent each in Bangladesh and Pakistan, and the remaining 4 percent in Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The report also suggests methods for mapping such risks and estimating their impacts on people and agriculture in the region.