Natural disasters will cause the forced resettlement of 14 million people a year

According to the UN Office for Disaster Reduction, natural disasters – such as floods and hurricanes – can cause the forced displacement of almost 14 million people a year around the world.

This includes 2 million 300 thousand people in India, a million 300 thousand people in China, a million 200 thousand people in Bangladesh and 230 thousand people in the United States. The UN also emphasizes that natural disasters cause great damage to the economy.

According to a new report by the UN Office for Disaster Reduction, in 2017 during the Atlantic hurricane season, only the US economy lost about $ 300 billion.

The island states of the Caribbean – such as Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, most likely suffered even greater losses, according to the UN Radio. The Office notes that countries can avoid human casualties, mass resettlement of people and economic damage, by building more secure housing in safe areas, and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.