More than half of India’s population of 8.5 million lives in poverty, with the country struggling to combat extreme weather, a recent report said.
The annual report on climate change, by the National Center for Disaster Risk Reduction (NCDRR), also said the country is facing “serious challenges in terms of weather and climate change”.
The country’s population is expected to reach 4.5 billion by 2050, of which 790 million are under 35.
The report, published on Monday, said there are 2.3 million people living in extreme poverty.
The number of households that are poor has increased by 673 per cent in the last five years.
According to the NCDRR, the average income in India is Rs 14,700 per month, while the poverty line is Rs 2,400 per month.
India’s extreme weather and other natural disasters, including droughts and floods, have increased, the report said, with an average of 14.6 deaths per million people every year.
It added that in 2016-17, India suffered more than 10,000 floods and mudslides, of a total of 5,818 deaths, while 2016-2017 had 1,873 floods and 2,879 mudslide deaths.