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Hundreds of natural disasters take place all over the earth each year, but what kind of impact are these catastrophic events leaving on humanity?
A staggering new report from The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) found that 19.3 million people in 100 countries were displaced by natural hazards in 2014. Floods and storms made up most of these disasters, with the typhoons and floods in India and the Philippines causing the majority of displacement. More than 1.7 million of those displaced by natural events in 2014 were forced out by geophysical disasters, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Using data from international governments, NGOs, the UN and more, the group found that an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced by natural hazards each year since 2008. That’s nearly one person forced to leave their home every second. That number is down from the previous two years, but historical trends indicate that displacement rates are only going up.
According to The New York Times, council director Alfredo Zamudio told reporters in Geneva that the organization’s “historical analysis reveals you are 60 percent more likely to be displaced by disasters today than you were in the 1970s.”
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