Tragedy strikes Gujarat as unseasonal rains and lightning claim lives

Gujarat, an Indian coastal state, reels from unseasonal rains and hailstorms, resulting in multiple casualties, injuries, and widespread damage.

The severe weather, caused by a cyclonic circulation, has also led to significant agricultural losses and industry disruptions.

Schools shut as toxic smog engulfs India’s capital

Schools in Delhi closed due to severe smog caused by crop burning, vehicle emissions, and industrial pollution. The public health crisis, with dangerously high PM2.5 levels, persists, affecting millions of residents and causing premature deaths. Efforts to reduce pollution have had limited impact.

Thailand to offer Indian, Taiwanese tourists visa-free entry

Thailand is launching a six-month trial, offering visa-free entry to Indian and Taiwanese tourists for up to 30 days. This move aims to revitalize the struggling tourism sector, which contributes significantly to the country’s GDP. The government hopes to attract 1.4 million additional visitors, generating US$1.5 billion in income.

Glacial lake floods: a growing, unpredictable climate risk

Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) occur when water held in former glacier beds is suddenly released, often due to natural dam breaches. Climate change intensifies this risk, impacting vulnerable populations downstream.