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More than 1,000 people have been cut off as landslides block roads in Italy and France [AFP]

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Landslide Italy Liguria Region, Via Aurelia Damage level Details

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Landslide in Italy on Monday, 20 January, 2014 at 03:47 (03:47 AM) UTC.

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Torrential rain in the Liguria region in northern Italy triggered landslides that have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off around 1,000 more in a remote mountain community, Italian media reported on Saturday. Road and rail traffic in the region has been badly hampered and parts of the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road connecting the Italian capital to the French border, have been closed because of multiple landslides. “The situation is really critical,” said Renato Briano, regional representative for the civil protection agency, as the poor weather conditions continued. The region is often affected by bad weather. The main city in Liguria, the port of Genoa, was badly hit by flash floods in November 2011 that claimed six lives and devastated several neighbourhoods.

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Italy and France pounded by heavy rain

The severe weather triggers flooding and landslides.

Last updated: 19 Jan 2014 08:08

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More than 1,000 people have been cut off as landslides block roads in Italy and France [AFP]
Rain has poured over southern Europe over the past few days.The start of 2014 has been unsettled across the region, but over the past week the rain has turned very heavy.A number of roads have been blocked by landslides, floods and avalanches in southeast France and northern Italy.

In the Italian region of Liguria, landslides have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off more than 1,000 more.

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Landslides in Italy Force 200 from Their Homes

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Torrential rain in the Liguria region in northern Italy triggered landslides that have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off around 1,000 more in a remote mountain community, Italian media reported on Saturday.

Road and rail traffic in the region has been badly hampered and parts of the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road connecting the Italian capital to the French border, have been closed because of multiple landslides.

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  • A 300-yard section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road sunk into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday
  • Several small earthquakes shook the area on December 19 and cracks were seen in the lead up to the collapse
  • Road might be closed for up to year according to some media reports

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Cliff-side cracks: A cement truck driver was rescued from his vehicle after huge section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road cracked and slid 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean

Cliff-side cracks: A cement truck driver was rescued from his vehicle after huge section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road cracked and slid 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean

A cement truck driver is lucky to be alive after the coastal highway he was driving on in Mexico cracked and sunk some 300 feet down a mountainside into the sea near the U.S. border.

The driver was rescued by heavy machinery before his truck, along with a 300-yard section of the road, which leads to port city Ensenada on the Baja California peninsula, slid into the Pacific Ocean.

While it remains unclear what caused the landslide, fractures in the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road were seen after several small earthquakes ranging from 1.3 to 4.3 in magnitude shook the area on December 19, according to some media reports. By Saturday morning huge cracks appeared in the cliff-side, exacerbated by heavy rain, before it slid into the sea.

The landslide caused gaping holes, one more than 40 feet deep and 200 feet long.

 The collapse occurred about 58 miles south of the American border, closing the scenic road near the San Miguel toll booth.

Some media reports suggest that the road may remain closed for up to a year with vehicles advised to use a smaller, alternate freeway.

 

Mexican coastal highway slides into sea after earthquake

Fault line: Days before the road collapsed, several small earthquakes were recorded in the area and cracks started to appear in the road

Fault line: Days before the road collapsed, several small earthquakes were recorded in the area and cracks started to appear in the road

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Earthquakes, Rain to Blame for Collapse of Scenic Highway in Mexico

weather.com and Associated Press Published: Dec 30, 2013, 9:06 AM EST

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Highway Crumbles into Pieces

MEXICO CITY — Part of a scenic highway on Mexico’s West coast collapsed Saturday after a series of small earthquakes rocked the area.

The highway, popular with tourists, is 58 miles south of the U.S. border and Tijuana. The road leads to the port city of Ensenada, on the Baja California peninsula. Mexican officials say a 300-yard section collapsed and the road fell about 100 feet.

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The highway leads to Ensenada is a popular scenic route for tourists. (American Forces Network)

The road was closed shortly after the collapse. Traffic is now being diverted onto a smaller highway. No one was injured in the collapse.

The Mexican highway agency told the Associated Press that seven small earthquakes, combined with recent heavy rainfall, were to blame for the collapse. The road runs over a known geological fault, according to Mexican officials.

 

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North Texas and Southern Oklahoma 13 EQ in the last  7 days Landslides reported 11-09-2013

13 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 3.0 – 4km S of Springtown, Texas  2013-11-09 13:54:31 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  2. M 2.7 – 7km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-08 00:29:40 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  3. M 2.5 – 5km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-08 00:03:17 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  4. M 3.2 – 7km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-07 23:50:05 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  5. M 2.9 – 4km ESE of Springtown, Texas   2013-11-07 22:32:57 UTC-06:00 4.8 km

  6. M 2.7 – 6km E of The Village, Oklahoma   2013-11-07 16:50:15 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  7. M 2.7 – 5km SSW of Springtown, Texas  2013-11-06 11:05:48 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  8. M 2.6 – 2km ESE of Reno, Texas2013-11-05 21:32:09 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  9. M 3.2 – 7km NW of Spencer, Oklahoma  2013-11-05 02:32:47 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  10. M 2.5 – 1km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-05 00:13:07 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  11. M 3.8 – 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma   2013-11-04 22:01:35 UTC-06:00 5.9 km

  12. M 3.3 – 6km N of Spencer, Oklahoma  2013-11-03 19:52:02 UTC-06:00 7.1 km

  13. M 2.7 – 8km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma   2013-11-02 19:41:53 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

 

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Today Landslide USA State of Texas, Springtown Damage level Details

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Landslide in USA on Saturday, 09 November, 2013 at 05:02 (05:02 AM) UTC.

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A Springtown family is concerned about the integrity of its home since several sinkholes started appearing on its four-acre property four months ago. Tracey Napier said she is very nervous about them. “I’m not a worrywart, but I’m very worried about this,” she said. None of the holes appear to be deeper than a foot and most are quite small in diameter, but the results, the family says, are apparent. There is a large crack in the master bedroom window, and the front screen door appears to be out-of-line with the door frame. A fence post that was painted white all the way down to the ground several years ago now shows between one-and-a-half inches to two inches of unpainted wood at the bottom. The Napier family’s frustration began before five earthquakes shook the ground in the area around its community in the past seven days. Earthquakes were detected near the Mid-Cities, Reno and Springtown from Nov. 1-7. The U. S. Geological Survey reports a 2.1 magnitude quake was centered 1 mile southeast of Richland Hills just before noon on Nov. 1. Then, on Tuesday, a minor earthquake was reported near Azle. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, the magnitude-2.6 earthquake hit about 1 mile east-southeast of Reno and about 2 miles north of Azle at about 9:32 p.m.

An aftershock to that earthquake was also felt Tuesday night at about 10 p.m. Wednesday was another shaky day in North Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was detected at 11:05 a.m. about 26 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Springtown. According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, the vibration would have felt like passing heavy trucks. Stopped cars would rock, hanging objects to swing, windows, dishes and doors to rattle, glasses to clink and wooden walls and frames creak. There were no reports of injuries or damage in any of the earthquakes. Napier said her sinkholes and the nearby earthquakes are “just crazy.” Adding to the Napier family’s frustration is that they have yet to receive a clear answer explaining why any of this is happening. The family has reached out to the Parker County Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, but has gotten no explanation, Napier said.

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Nine killed in PNG landslide: reports

 

 

 

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Sydney (AFP) Nov 04, 2013


Nine people were feared dead Monday after a landslide tore through a village in Papua New Guinea’s rugged Highlands region burying homes, reports said.

Villagers were sleeping when the massive slip of earth, trees and debris crashed down a mountain side on Saturday night onto Kenagi village on the border of Eastern Highlands province, the Post Courier newspaper said.

Local councillor David Nondo said one body, of a 10-year-old boy, had been recovered but it would take days to dig up the dead from the landslide which cut the crucial Highlands Highway.

“The area is now a burial ground and we do not want people passing through at will,” Nondo told the paper.

“This means nothing — trucks, buses and passengers — are allowed to go into or drive over the area on the highway.”

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The next big earthquake on the Seattle fault could trigger destructive landslides in the city, potentially affecting a much larger area than previously thought, and in areas outside those currently considered to be landslide prone, a new University of Washington-led study shows.

“A major quake along the Seattle fault is among the worst-case scenarios for the area, since the fault runs just south of downtown.” said Kate Allstadt, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences. “Our study shows the need for dedicated studies on seismically induced landsliding.”

Allstadt is the lead author of a paper documenting the research, published online Oct. 22 by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Co-authors are John Vidale, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences and Allstadt’s doctoral adviser, and Arthur Frankel of the U.S. Geological Survey, which funded the research.

The research offers a framework for simulating hundreds of earthquake scenarios for the Seattle area.

Map shows the path of the Seattle fault.

This map traces the course of the Seattle fault across Puget Sound, through the city and across Lake Washington to the Eastside.

While the region is vulnerable to deep earthquakes, shallow earthquakes and catastrophic quakes in the Cascadia subduction zone off the Pacific Northwest coast, a shallow crustal quake on the Seattle fault would likely be most damaging to the city.

The Seattle fault crosses Bainbridge Island and cuts across West Seattle and Beacon Hill, just south of downtown, then crosses Lake Washington to the eastern suburbs and the Cascade foothills. The last major quake on that fault was about 900 A.D., and scientists have documented that it triggered giant landslides that caused large tracts of forest land to slide to the bottom of Lake Washington.

The Seattle Basin that underlies much of the city amplifies ground motion and generates strong seismic waves that tend to increase the duration of the shaking. Allstadt said the hazard of landslides triggered by earthquakes is very high and warrants greater attention, in Seattle and in other areas prone to the phenomenon.

 

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01.07.2013 Extreme Weather Australia State of New South Wales, Sydney Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in Australia on Monday, 01 July, 2013 at 05:49 (05:49 AM) UTC.

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Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing trees to be uprooted and a landslide and embankment collapse at a train station. No-one was hurt when a concrete wall collapsed across the westbound lane and onto platform 4 at Harris Park Station near Parramatta on Sunday evening, but commuters on Sydney’s Western Line were advised to expect delays, particularly during the afternoon peak hour. Pieces of concrete, fencing and trees spilled across the platform and onto the tracks, and could take days to clean up, a Railcorp spokesman told News Ltd. June is traditionally Sydney’s wettest month, with 316 millimetres falling this year. While that’s more than double the average of 132 millimetres, it’s less than half the record 643 millimetres experienced in 1950. Earlier on Sunday, a fig tree collapsed in Hyde Park, reportedly narrowly missing two mothers and their children. Large trees in the park will be inspected on Monday to ensure they don’t pose a danger. In Centennial Park over the weekend, a tree fell across the children’s bicycle path, blocking the route. Security ranger Jose Rodriguez told AAP no one was around when the tree toppled, and that it would be cleared out of the way on Monday. The flooding was “pretty bad”, he said, with bridges underwater in parts of the park as ponds and lakes overflowed, washing out parts of walking trails near the Kensington gates. But if the weather improved the water would recede in two to three days, Mr Rodriguez said.

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Landslides,  Fallen trees in Sydney wet

Monday, July 01, 2013 » 11:41am

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing landslides and disruption.

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing landslides and disruption.

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing trees to be uprooted and a landslide and embankment collapse at a train station.

No one was hurt when the concrete wall collapsed across the westbound lane and onto platform 4 at Harris Park Station near Parramatta on Sunday evening, but commuters on Sydney’s Western Line were advised to expect delays, particularly during the afternoon peak hour.

Pieces of concrete, fencing and trees spilled across the platform and onto the tracks, and could take days to clean up, a Railcorp spokesman told News Ltd.

June is traditionally Sydney’s wettest month, with 316 millimetres falling this year.

While that’s more than double the average of 132 millimetres, it’s less than half the record 643 millimetres experienced in 1950.

Earlier on Sunday, a fig tree collapsed in Hyde Park, reportedly narrowly missing two mothers and their children.

Large trees in the park will be inspected on Monday to ensure they don’t pose a danger.

In Centennial Park over the weekend, a tree fell across the children’s bicycle path, blocking the route.

Security ranger Jose Rodriguez told AAP no one was around when the tree toppled, and that it would be cleared out of the way on Monday.

The flooding was ‘pretty bad’, he said, with bridges underwater in parts of the park as ponds and lakes overflowed, washing out parts of walking trails near the Kensington gates.

But if the weather improved the water would recede in two to three days, Mr Rodriguez said.

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July starts dry for Sydney after heavy rain brings a June drenching

Updated Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:57am AEST

Sydney has recorded its wettest June since 2007 with 316 millimetres falling in city during the last month.

The weather bureau says about 100 millimetres fell in the eastern parts of the city over the weekend, while Penrith recorded about 25 millimetres.

But the downpours have come to an abrupt end today, with sun forecast for the rest of the week.

The wet weather caused a raft of problems including water on roads as well as leaking roofs and fallen trees.

A second tree in Sydney’s Hyde Park will be turned to woodchips today after it was deemed unsafe.

A large fig tree in the park came crashing down on Sunday, narrowly missing two mothers and their children, prompting an urgent inspection this morning.

City of Sydney spokesman Gary Harding says the trees are checked regularly for safety concerns but the soggy weather had made the ground unsteady.

“All the rain that we’ve had we believe that’s probably contributed to the tree falling over,” he said.

“There will always be an element of risk with any tree but that’s the price you pay for having trees in parks and people love them and we need them.”

Meanwhile, passengers on Sydney’s western rail line are being advised to check the timetable and allow extra travel time due to a wall collapse at Harris Park station.

The wall collapsed at the station at about 6:00pm yesterday and debris fell onto the platform and four rail lines.

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Soldiers sent to rescue tens of thousands of villagers and tourists stranded by landslides and floods in the Himalayas

 

  • 10,000 soldiers are to be deployed in a massive rescue operation
  • 22,400 have been rescued so far with 62,000 people still stranded in the area
  • Officials are taking advantage of the better weather to send in helicopters
  • Landslides have destroyed homes, buildings, roads and bridges
  • At least 138 people have been killed, according to officials

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Almost 10,000 soldiers have been deployed as part of a massive rescue mission after tourists and pilgrims were left stranded when monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

While more than 22,400 have been rescued so far, 62,000 people are still stranded in the area, the Home Ministry confirmed.

Officials are taking advantage of the better weather to send in helicopters, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Damaged houses are seen at a village in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand

Damaged houses are seen at a village in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand

 

Indian Army Paratroopers prepare to leave for rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar

Indian Army Paratroopers prepare to leave for rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar

 

Emergency tenting erected by the Delhi government next to the flooded area of Yamuna River. Low lying areas were flooded as the water level in the river has increased above the danger mark

Emergency tenting erected by the Delhi government next to the flooded area of Yamuna River. Low lying areas were flooded as the water level in the river has increased above the danger mark

Ajay Chadha, chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, said: ‘Our priority is to take out the children and women first by helicopter. We hope to rescue the living and then start the scavenging task.’

Overflowing rivers and landslides have destroyed houses, buildings, bridges and small roads that lead to pilgrimage towns.

There has been four-and-a-half times the amount of monsoon rain than is usually expected.

Fast moving water flows over a Hindu statue during a heavy monsoon rain in Rishikesh town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand

Fast moving water flows over a Hindu statue during a heavy monsoon rain in Rishikesh town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand

 

Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda

Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda

Pilgrims try to cross a pathway damaged by landslide. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people

Pilgrims try to cross a pathway damaged by landslide. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India’s longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people

 

Local residents wade waist-high through the flood water that entered a marketplace area close to Yamuna river

Local residents wade waist-high through the flood water that entered a marketplace area close to Yamuna river

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06.06.2013 Landslide Nepal Eastern Region, Taplejung Damage level Details

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Landslide in Nepal on Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 04:32 (04:32 AM) UTC.

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Seven including six members of a family are reportedly killed, and four other are missing when a landslide buried a house at Thukimba-6, Taplejung on Wednesday mid-night. The deceased are identified as Astha Bahadur Siwa (69), his wife, son Salman Siwa (40), daughter-in-law Manamaya Siwa (36), grandsons Nasiram Siwa and Khagendra Siwa. Also, 10-year-old Naina Siwa, daughter of Tej Man Siwa got killed in the mud-slide. It is said that the incessant rainfall in the region caused the land to slide in the house causing the fatalities. In the meantime, a team of police from Area Police Office, Dovan , Nepal Army, and locals are carrying on the rescue process. Likewise, a team under command of Police Inspector Yam Bahadur Paudel have left to the disaster area which is about a day walk from the district headquarters. In another incident in the same region at Thukimba-6, Taplejung, three persons got injured when the landslide buried the house of Kuber Singh. Sukman Siwa is rescued in the critical condition. However, five other survived as they were able to run away when the disaster hit the house. According to the police, the continuous rainfall in the region has been hindering the rescue process.

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Taplejung landslide toll rises to 9

Added At:  2013-06-06 8:53 AM

   Last Updated At: 2013-06-06 7:25 PM

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In this file photo, Nepal Police and Nepali Army personnel and locals rescuing landslide victims in Khara VDC in Rukum on Tuesday‚ August 23‚ 2011. Landslide triggered by incessant rainfall claimed the lives of five people.

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Update: Death toll in Taplejung landslide has reached nine after two of the injured succumbed to injuries on Thursday evening.

Police said that of the nine deceased eight were from the same family headed by Astha Bahadur Siwa (65) of Thumka VDC-6 of the district, while three people were still missing.

Police are still working to find the missing persons.

All the victims were sleeping when the landslide triggered by the incessant rain fall buried the house.

TAPLEJUNG: Seven including six members of a family are reportedly killed, and four other are missing when a landslide buried a house at Thukimba-6, Taplejung on Wednesday mid-night.

The deceased are identified as Astha Bahadur Siwa (69), his wife, son Salman Siwa (40), daughter-in-law Manamaya Siwa (36), grandsons Nasiram Siwa and Khagendra Siwa.

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KATHMANDU: Seven members of the same family, including three children, were killed on Thursday when a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains buried their house in a remote village in northeastern Nepal, police said.

Police rescuers were sent to the area to search for survivors after part of a hillside above Thumkina village broke away and smashed into two houses below, officials told AFP.

“In total seven people have died,” Anup Narayan Jha, a local police constable, said.

“Four more are missing while two have been seriously injured,” he said adding that the injured were being taken to the nearest health post.

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Natural disasters uprooted more than 32 million people in 2012

32,4 million people were forced to flee their homes last year due to natural disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes, according to a report released by Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre on May 13, 2013. According to the report, 98% of those uprooted were displaced by climate- and weather-related events. Climate change is believed to play an increasingly significant role in global disasters. 2012 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that, “disasters associated with climate extremes influence population mobility and relocation, affecting host and origin communities.”

This map shows internal displacement worldwide in 2012 by state and number of displaced people. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW (Credit: NRC/IDMC)

Floods in India and Nigeria were responsible for 41 % of displacement worldwide last year. Monsoon floods in India uprooted about 6.9 million people, while in Nigeria some 6.1 million were newly displaced. While Asia and Africa were hardest affected, some 1.3 million people were displaced in wealthy nations, especially the United States. Last year, the U.S. was among the 10 countries that experienced the most new displacement. Following Hurricane Sandy, most of those displaced were able to find refuge in adequate temporary shelter while displaced from their own homes.

The largest regional increase in the number of internally displaced people in 2012 was in the Middle East and North Africa, where 2.5 million people were forced to flee their homes. There were almost 6 million affected in the region at the end of 2012, a rise of 40 % on the 2011. Asia showed the second highest increase in new displacement after the Middle East and North Africa, with 1.4 million people forced to flee their homes during 2012.

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