This study presents global estimates for the number of people newly displaced in 2011 by disasters induced by both weather-related and geophysical hazards, and makes comparisons with findings from 2008, 2009 and 2010. It provides evidence of the scale and location of displacement associated with natural hazard-induced disasters, and is aimed to serve as a contribution to the knowledge required to inform policy and practice, as well as to prevent and prepare for future events.
The study observes that a relatively small number of large and mega-disasters have been responsible for the majority of displacements over each of the past four years and points that smaller disasters, including recurrent ones and the displacement they cause, are under-reported. It calls on governments, the international community and civil society to increase their support and collaboration to strengthen the resilience of communities at risk, and become better equipped both to respond to the current reality and prevent future displacement and its impacts.
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