More people were displaced in India by natural disasters last year than in any other country, a new global report states.
Incessant floods, triggered by monsoon, in the north-eastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh caused most of the displacement, according to the report, titled Global Estimates 2012, People displaced by disasters, prepared by the International Displacement Monitoring Centre, an organisation that tracks internal displacements worldwide.
Emergency aid didn’t reach many who were forced to move out after their homes were destroyed, the report states. “Humanitarian assistance by the government, the Indian Red Cross and NGOs was unable to cover all affected areas,” it says.
Displacement data compiled in the report indicates vulnerability patterns of countries and regions to different kinds of natural disasters. Use these interactive graphics to explore the trends.
Countries affected in 2012
People were displaced at least once last year in 82 countries because of natural disasters. Nigeria ranked second in the list of countries where large number of people were displaced, followed by China, Philippines, Pakistan and the United States, in that order. Bangladesh was ranked seventh. All 82 countries are plotted here on a colour-graded map.
Darker shade indicates more displacements (see India, shaded darkest). Click on countries for more details. Click again to reset view.