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UN report predicts record-high temperatures, cyclones in Indian Ocean

Record-high temperatures, cyclones in the Indian Ocean, erratic rainfall patterns leading floods in several parts of India -- these are among the concerns highlighted by the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report released on March 10, 2020.
According to the report titled "Statement of the State of the Global Climate in 2019", record-high temperatures were reported in India, Australia, Japan and Europe in 2019, adversely affecting public health.
India was among the most severely affected by heatwaves, the report noted. Between May and June 2019, very high temperatures were observed. The Palam recorded 48 degrees Celsius on June 10, 2019.
Northern Indian ocean faced extreme cyclonic conditions, with Cyclone Fani affecting the Indian coastal state of Odisha. On May 3, its landfall in east Odisha sustained wind pressure of 100 kilonewton (kN). It had earlier peaked at 135 kN in the Bay of Bengal.
The cyclone claimed 64 lives and damaged public property. But extensive evacuation exercises in affected areas vastly reduced human impact.

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