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7 people died in ‘extreme weather’ last year in Delhi: IMD | Latest Delhi News

Seven people lost their lives in extreme weather events last year in Delhi, four of them due to heavy rains and flooding, India’s Meteorological Department said on Friday.

A heavy monsoon had produced 1,169.7mm of rainfall in Delhi last year, the highest since 1964.

Normally, Delhi records 653.6mm of rainfall during the monsoon season. In 2020, the capital recorded 576.5 mm of precipitation.

Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official landmark of the city, measured 1,155.6mm of rainfall in 1975 and 1,190.9mm in 1964, according to IMD.

The absolute record is 1,420.3 mm of precipitation in 1933.

It was the third time in the past two decades that monsoon rains in Delhi exceeded the 1,000mm mark.

The city had recorded 1,031.5 mm of rainfall in the monsoon season in 2010. In 2003, the capital had measured 1,050 mm.

According to IMD data, India recorded 1,750 deaths from extreme weather events in 2021, with Maharashtra being the worst affected state with 350 fatalities, followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

Thunderstorms and lightning reportedly claimed 787 lives in India last year, while 759 people died in heavy rains and flood-related incidents, he added.

The cyclonic storms claimed 172 lives and another 32 died due to other extreme weather events, according to IMD’s annual climate statement.

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