Assam and Mizoram most vulnerable to Climate Change
GUWAHATI: Among the Himalayan states Assam and Mizoram are the most vulnerable to climate change.
This revelation came up after a study was presented by a team of Indian scientists at the COP 24 climate conference held in Poland.
Due to its location Assam has higher vulnerability because it has one of the lowest areas under irrigation and the lowest forest area per 1,000 rural households among the 12 states taken up for the study.
The other north-eastern state, Mizoram is also highly-vulnerable because of similar issues and also because around 30% of the geographical area in Mizoram is under slope.
12 western and eastern Himalayan states were taken up for study. The states were studied on various parameters crucial for adaptation to climate change such as irrigated area, per capita income (for 2014-15), area under crop insurance, forest cover and the extent of slopes.