Climate Change Affects the Poor

A man named Anish Yadav was peacefully sleeping in his simple, fragile hut made of wood and plastic, when water gushed in to destroy his home for the fourth time in three years. A wall holding back all the water from monsoon flood waters gave in and water rushed down and sent a flood in a northern suburb in India’s financial hub Mumbai. Yadav had always relied on the wall to protect his house and his neighbors, but now with it destroyed, he had to rebuild his house four times in three years. 

Monsoon season is from June to September, where heavy rain falls. According to CNN, it is caused by warm, moist air moving across the Indian Ocean towards South Asia as seasons change. Thousands of people in India die every season from flooding and landslides. “The irony of it is that the poor of the world are actually victims of climate change,” even if they aren’t the ones who “created the problem,” said Sunita Narain, director general of the Centre for Science and Environment and veteran Indian environmentalist. Here is a infographic on how impactful Monsoon flooding is to the Indians. 

As climate change becomes an even bigger problem, 35% of India’s population, or around 472 million people are at risk of these natural disasters. According to CNN, these residents are also vulnerable to the aftermath of a flooding, which is the spreading of waterborne diseases, groundwater contamination, and the loss of food supplies. Progress to fix this solution on a national level has been slow. While some have taken action to build storm water drains in the slums, many have failed to help the citizens due to lack of funds, insufficient participation, and much more.

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