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Extreme weather was the biggest reason for people to flee homes in 2020

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Extreme weather linked to climate change and mass evacuations to protect those at risk are driving a global surge in families forced from their homes, with a share remaining displaced long-term, analysts said on Thursday. About 98 per cent of new movements of people from their houses in 2020 were caused […]

From floods and fires to locusts, ‘climate breakdown’ cost rich and poor in 2020

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Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Disasters fuelled by weather and climate extremes brought “catastrophic results for millions” across rich and poor nations in 2020, causing thousands of deaths and tens of billions of dollars in losses, charity Christian Aid said on Monday. In a report, the aid agency identified 15 of the most destructive climate disasters of […]

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands

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Kolkata, India/Dhaka, BangladeshReuters The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and widespread flooding. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the […]

Cyclone batters India and Bangladesh coasts, millions flee

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New Delhi, IndiaAP A powerful cyclone plowed inland on Wednesday after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to […]

Cyclone dumps rain on India, Bangladesh, two million head to shelters

Cyclone Amphan

Updated 6.20pmNew Delhi, IndiaAP A strong cyclone blew heavy rains and strong winds into coastal India and Bangladesh on Wednesday after more than 2.6 million people were moved to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by coronavirus. Cyclone Amphan slowed slightly as it reached cooler waters near the coast. But with wind speeds […]