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Every Year, Calamities Displace 23 Lakh People In India

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Technological advancements may be growing in leaps and bounds, but even now there is no solution for natural calamities such as floods, cyclones and earthquakes, which result in the displacement of around 23 lakh residents of India every year. While calamities cannot be averted, but being better prepared for such situations would certainly go a long way in reducing the difficulties faced by local residents.

According to a study, released on the International Day for Disaster Reduction on Friday, India ranks the highest in the world as the country most prone to a displacement of residents due to disasters and calamities. Ranking second is China, with an annual displacement of around 13 lakh residents.

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The number of displaced persons in India may be even higher this year, due to the floods situation in several states, as in Bihar itself, around 8.55 lakh residents had to be evacuated, while 1.75 crore people were affected in some way by the floods.

"Most of this displacement is being driven by flooding, which is on the increase in a warming world where population growth in hazard-prone parts of the globe has increased exposure," said the study, which was conducted by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

UN secretary general's special representative for disaster risk reduction (DRR), Robert Glasser, said that the issue came into focus in the wake of a record-breaking hurricane season in the Atlantic, and floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.