By Dr Hemant Ojha
In July 2019, IPCC Working Group II met in Nepal, hosted by the government of Nepal and International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This was indeed a welcome move – a major global scientific body on climate change coming to one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to have a meeting among its co-authors of global standing.
Coincidentally, the meeting time also saw a major flood in Nepal after torrential rains which struck the country. While flood is common during monsoon in Nepal and South Asia, this year it was unprecedented: jut a few weeks back, news were coming about the maize crops drying out of drought. And before we were settled with such troubling news of drought, we now hear sad news of human casualties and displacement resulting from too much of rains. While the analysis of actual rainfall data and trends over time are not yet clear, the scenes of flood and casualties were disturbing. These reminded us of the emerging forms of catastrophes Nepal is bound to face under chaining climate, made worse by unplanned and haphazard development in the fragile landscape. Will these scenes of flood enter the page of the IPCC report?
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