India, April 23 -- Bay of Bengal recorded nearly 30% higher sea level rise over global average; east and north India have warmed more than rest of country

The Asian continent was the world's most disaster-prone region in 2023. Floods and storms caused the highest number of reported casualties and economic losses in Asia, while the impact of heatwaves became more severe, according to a report launched by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on April 23 in Bangkok.

The WMO report - The State of the Climate in Asia 2023 - is based on inputs from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services; United Nations partners and a network of climate experts.

It also showed that sea level rise in the Bay of Bengal off India's eastern coas...