Almost seven million people were forced to leave their homes by extreme weather events around the world during the first half of this year, which promises one of the most catastrophic years ever in that respect – reports the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IMDC), an international centre headquartered in Geneva that tracks internal displacements worldwide.
The report mentions Cyclone Fani, which forced 1.4 million to move in India and Bangladesh, as well as Cyclone Idai, which wrought tremendous destruction in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. In Iran, almost 90 percent of the population were impacted directly by floods.
Head of the organisation Alexandra Bilak urged the international community to take action to turn the unfavourable process around and to provide assistance for the millions of people displaced within their countries.
According to the IDMC report, 3.8 million people have been forced to leave their homes by armed conflict, with the most people displaced in Syria, the Congo, Ethiopia and Yemen.
Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency
As a result of climate change, humanity is expected to face growing numbers of destructive storms in the future.
The rising sea levels and melting permafrost caused by climate change are causing crisis situations in a number of places around the world, resulting in tens of thousands of people having to leave their homes, while important agricultural areas also fall victim to the changes.
Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.
“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine. It’s the place where we can see and touch and hear and feel climate change in action.” Internationally recognised nature photographer James Balog believes it is extremely important to pay attention to the processes underway in the polar regions.
Massive snowstorms hit a number of north-western and northern states of the USA on 29 September.
Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.
On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.
More than a thousand people were evacuated or rescued in Houston, Texas, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States on 19 September due to Tropical Storm Imelda.
Due to their geographical position, the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The documentary entitled 1.5 Stay Alive showcases the sensitive and risky symbiosis between people living in the Caribbean Region and the water that surrounds them.
Climate change is expected to cause the number of extreme floods along the shores of Northern Europe to increase.