West Bengal and Tamil Nadu together account for almost 30 per cent of all deaths and 75 per cent of houses destroyed in the country due to natural calamities, according to Home Ministry Data.
- Even before the latest spate of rains, Tamil Nadu saw a 125 per cent rise in loss of lives in 2015-16 as compared to last year.
- When compared to 2012-13, the current year gives a picture of fast declining climatic conditions in the peninsular state.
- The wrath of nature, however, has been more severe on the eastern coast, with West Bengal suffering the worst natural disasters.
- Over 12.30 lakh houses were destroyed as compared to 7.3 lakh in 2014-15.
- The fact that loss of cattle saw a decline and damage to crops a marginal increase indicates that urban areas saw more damage.