Down to Earth: When Covid-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself

Countries in south Asia are bracing themselves for an onslaught of climate disasters, as if managing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is not enough.

A map showing the state of maturity of crops around the world, created by scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and CGIAR Research Program of Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) provides an example.

It shows that extensive areas within the path of the forecast storms in India and Bangladesh are planted with crops. Dark green areas in the map shown below indicate where crops will be ripening in the fields beyond April 23.

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