If you live in Maharashtra or have been following the weather news for this state, you know it has been facing some pretty erratic weather lately. From unseasonal rains to cool weather in summer, the state’s weather has been similar to the mood of a pouty child. Now, a recent report suggests that it might face even more extreme weather in the coming months. This extreme weather is worrisome as it poses several health risks and is also detrimental to crops.
Maharashtra Weather: Drought, Deluge, & Heatwave
The report was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC and revealed that it posed a significant danger to lives as well as crops. This means that the government of Maharashtra should take certain pre-emptive measures in order to aid the situation.
According to the report, since the state of Maharashtra is majorly an agricultural state, it relies heavily on rainfall. This means that even the slightest changes in precipitation patterns and temperature could have a significant impact on the growth of crops and the yield of food.
This analysis of the IPCC report was provided by a social impact start-up known as Asar Social Impact. According to its extract on the report, the problems that Maharashtra has had with droughts and floods in the recent past can be increased and become more frequent.
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Rising Sea Levels Could Threaten Coastal Population
According to the article reported by the Times of India, the report also states that the rising sea levels, too, are a cause of concern. Maharashtra has a long coastline, and because of this, many coastal communities might be severely impaired or harmed owing to the rising sea levels.
It is therefore crucial to protect vulnerable populations. One way this can be done is by prioritising investments towards disaster management and reducing its risks. Equally important are early warning systems, infrastructure development, and evacuation plans. It is also important to shift to renewable energy and to incentivise the same.
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