Nagaland: Climate-related disasters up 200 per cent across state

Nagaland: Climate-related disasters up 200 per cent across state

Climate-related disasters in Nagaland have seen a 200% increase from 2018 to 2021, according to the Nagaland Disaster Statistics 2023. The report highlights the grave implications of climate change on agriculture and calls for resilient farming practices.


The Nagaland Disaster Statistics 2023 issued a recent report which lay emphasis on the alarming impact of climate change in Nagaland.

The report, which was released on May 13 indicates that there has been a 200 per cent surge in water and climate-related disaster incidents in the state between 2018 and 2021.

According to the data released, in 2018, the total number of reported incidents stood at 337 and went up to 414 in 2019. Meanwhile, the report also suggests that the data almost doubled to a concerning 814 in 2021.

Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Supongnukshi also shed light on the impending threats of climate change at the one-day workshop for five NMHS Project Villages, on May 13.

Supongnukshi said that the report which suggests climate change projections for Nagaland indicate that Kohima district is the most susceptible in the agricultural sector.

The CCF additionally said, “The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly evident, especially in Kohima district, which remains the most vulnerable due to its heavy reliance on water-dependent cultivation practices, particularly wet rice cultivation.”

Noting that fluctuations in groundwater levels which have been worsened by climate change, significantly impact agricultural practices, the report also highlighted the relationship between forest wealth and sustainable farming.
Meanwhile, the authorities are intensifying efforts to address the challenges posed by climate change given that 60-70 per cent of Nagaland’s population depends on agriculture and forest resources for sustenance.

The National Disaster Statistics also highlight the agricultural devastation as a result of climate-related disasters. In 2019-20, crop damages affected 1210.16 hectares due to various calamities.

However, the situation worsened during 2021-2022, with agricultural crops spanning 104052.95 hectares suffering significant damage, following which the report stressed on the need for resilient farming practices, improved irrigation systems, and sustainable water management to mitigate the adverse effects of climate fluctuations.

Edited By: Avantika
Published On: May 14, 2024