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Extreme weather threatens more people than wars

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 IDMC published its mid-year report about the period January–June 2019, based on data from governments, the humanitarian agencies of the UN and press reports, on 12 September.

According to IDMC, seven million people were forced to leave their homes due to extreme weather conditions, primarily storms and floods in the first half of
the year, and as the second half of each year usually has more adverse weather events, it is expected that the number
of displaced persons may triple, reaching up to 22 million people,
by the end of the year.

Motorcycles lie on a street in Puri after Cyclone Fani hit the State of Odisha in East-India on 3 May 2019,
as the cyclone moved westward across the Bay of Bengal with howling winds gusting up to 200 km/h
Photo: MTI/EPA

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.

“In today’s changing climate, mass displacement triggered by extreme weather events is becoming the norm,” the IDMC emphasised in their report.

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.

A Sudanese man transports his belongings on a truck during flash floods in Wad Ramli village on the eastern banks of the Nile some 45 kilometres north of the capital, Khartoum, on 25 August 2019 Photo: MTI/EPA/Amel Pain

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: IDMC

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