Disasters in 2010 displaced 42 million, monitor reports

More than 42 million people around the world were displaced by sudden natural disasters in 2010. That’s according to a new study from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The Geneva-based center has been monitoring conflict and internal displacement since 1998. In 2008, it joined the U.N. in trying to determine a global estimate of people displaced by sudden onset natural disasters.

“The study we just released today is a follow-up to that…looking at global estimates of people displaced…in the world in 2009 and 2010,” said Kate Halff, head of the center.

She added, “If we look at the findings, we found that in 2010 over 42 million people had been estimated displaced as a result of sudden onset disasters, of which 90 percent, or corresponding to 38 million, have been displaced by climate-related disasters.”

Topping the list of climate-related sudden onset disasters are floods and storms.

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