COVID, CLIMATE and FOOD Series
In response to the coronavirus, India went into strict lockdown from March 25-May 17 and is only now beginning to reopen (NYT). Cases are still rising per the graph below and there is a new challenge of evacuating COVID-19 patients during Cyclone Nisarga.
CLIMATE 40,700 aWhere VIRTUAL WEATHER STATIONS IN INDIA
Extreme weather events are impacting India such as the recent cyclones and while tropical cyclones are not unusual in the Northern Indian Ocean, a tropical cyclone hasn’t hit Mumbai since 1891. Cyclone Amphan in May was deadly, displaced thousands and tested response teams that were already stretched by COVID-19 efforts. In the western region of the country, Cyclone Nisarga made landfall on June 3 in Maharashtra and Gujarat, pummeling the city of Mumbai and forcing the evacuations of more than 100,000 people. Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 70,000 (MoHFW, June 2, 2020).
aWhere’s Food Security Tracker for June 1-7 shows wetter conditions to the west for the next 7 days which coincides with the arrival of Cyclone Nisarga.
According to the WFP’s HungerMap, 272M people suffer from insufficient food consumption in India. This is an increase of 28.44M from just 3 months ago prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. India has been experiencing shifts in weather trends from flooding to drought which impacts the ability of millions of farmers to produce food and support their livelihoods.
Rainfall variability impacts cropping systems, watershed management, and market pricing. Farmers need daily access to accurate weather insights to adapt to climate change.
aWhere’s localized, daily weather data can help the government get ahead of weather events by looking at historical trends coupled with weather forecasts. Indian farmers need in-time weather-based insights to make informed crop management decisions to increase productivity, profitability and resilience. Fortunately, the tools and partnerships now exist to address this knowledge gap – today.
Food Security Tracker
As part of the COVID, CLIMATE and FOOD series, we will provide an updated Global Food Security Tracker which shows the forecast of precipitation over potential evapotranspiration (P/PET) across aWhere’s 1.9 million virtual weather stations. Much of the Midwest and South of the United States, and parts of Central Africa will experience drier than normal conditions next week.