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Mega Disasters Uproot 144 Million Africans in 4 Years

Posted by feww on May 26, 2014

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Extreme climatic events, related conflicts displace 144 million in the Horn of Africa

Some 144 million people have been displaced  in the Horn of Africa region between 2008 and 2012 due to the mega disasters caused by climate change, according to a joint report by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The new report by said thousands of people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of being displaced across borders as extreme weather increases in frequency.

“As extreme weather increases in intensity thousands are at risk of being displaced. Many of the displaced receive some assistance, but the support varies. There is a need for more predictive protection and assistance. We must start in the hardest affected regions,” according to NRC spokesperson.

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Sudanese Famine 1993. A vulture patiently awaits a starving Sudanese child to die, dated March 1993. Pulitzer Prize winning photo by the deceased photojournalist Kevin Carter.

The majority of those displaced in the four-year period fled from floods, storms and wildfires and other impacts of climate change, said  the report.

Most of the victims remained in their own countries as internally displaced people, but many fled across the borders to neighboring countries.

“Drought forces people to leave their homes in Somalia and Ethiopia and flee to Kenya, Egypt or Yemen. Most of those fleeing are pastoralists, small scale farmers and agro-pastoralists,” said the report.

The impact of climate-related disasters are intensified by ethnic and political discriminations, according to the report, which cites  armed conflict and lack of humanitarian access in Somalia as major contributing  factors  to worsening conditions caused by the drought and famine.

People are forced to cross borders when Extreme Weather Events flood their habitat, or destroy their crops, said the report.

“Individuals leave for another country for a variety of reasons, but in many cases the driving factor is related to the loss and deterioration of livelihood,” said representative from UNU.


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Deadly Floods Force Mass Evacuations in China

Posted by feww on May 26, 2014

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Tens of thousands left homeless amid deadly flooding in SE China’s Jiangxi province

Deadly floods and landslides in Jiangxi Province in the east, Guangdong and Hunan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, southwestern Guizhou Province, and Fujian Province in the southeast have left dozens of people dead or missing, affecting at least a million other, and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.

“Since Wednesday, rainstorms in Guangdong have left 15 dead and five missing and affected 800,000 people, with accumulative precipitation of 628 mm in Shanwei City. Sixteen national or provincial highways were closed because of the downpours,” said a report.

“Once-in-a-hundred-year” floods in Guangdong destroyed 1,143 houses, forcing the evacuations of at least 21,000, and affecting 140,000 others.

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Deadly floods plague west, south and east China provinces. Photo shows flooding in Zhuting Village of Yichun City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, May 25, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Hefeng)

“Downpours also swept southwestern Guizhou Province, as well as Hunan and Jiangxi provinces in southern China,” said the report.

In Jiangxi province, 565,900 residents in Pingxiang City were affected by floods as of Sunday and 97,100 were evacuated.

In Hunan province, at least three people were killed in Shaodong County as of Sunday; more than 320,000 were affected by the floods and 24,000 were evacuated.

Shaodong floods also destroyed about 1,700 hectares of crops and 3.2 km of highways; 400,000 people in six cities were affected and 16,000 displaced; at least 520 houses collapsed, said the Hunan Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

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