Magazine article USA TODAY

Millions Displaced by Violence and Disasters

Magazine article USA TODAY

Millions Displaced by Violence and Disasters

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Conflict, violence, and disasters have caused more than 9,000,000 internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to estimates released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Geneva, Switzerland.

Of these displacements, 4,600,000 were caused by conflict, a figure that already is two-thirds of last year's total. The countries with the highest internal displacement by conflict are Democratic Republic of Congo (997,000); Iraq (922,000); Syria (692,000); the Philippines (466,000); Ethiopia (213,000); Central African Republic (206,000); South Sudan (163,000); The Gambia (162,000); Afghanistan (159,000); Nigeria (142,000); Yemen (112,000); and Somalia (70,000).

Disaster displacement continues at an unabated pace as well. The disasters triggering the highest numbers of new internal displacements were: floods in China's southern provinces (858,000); tropical cyclone Mora across Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar (851,000); Visayas and Mindanao floods in the Philippines (381,000); rainy season in Peru (293,000); tropical cyclone Enawo in Madagascar (246,000); Oroville Dam flood in the U.S. (188,000); Maguindanao floods in the Philippines (182,000); tropical cyclone Dineo in Mozambique and Botswana (147,000); typhoon Merbok in China (117,000); and Monsoon floods in Sri Lanka (104,000). …

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