Lewis Diuguid

Weather causes millions to be homeless

With the whirl of tornadoes and terrible rain hitting the area, it’s no hard sell for most people to now accept a new report showing that millions of people worldwide in 2012 were displaced by climate- and weather-related events.

The report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre shows that floods, storms and earthquakes forced 32.4 million people to flee their homes. The report said that 98 percent of the displacements were climate- and weather-related

Flooding from monsoons displaced 6.9 million people in India and 6.1 million people in Nigeria. Asia had held the top spot in the last five years with 81 percent of global displacement, but in 2012 Africa moved ahead with 8.2 million people newly displaced, the report said.

In the United States, Superstorm Sandy left many people homeless last year along the East Coast. This year the same climate change forces are spawning tornadoes that have killed people and displaced thousands.

Until climate change is addressed and massive corrections occur radically reducing greenhouse producing gases, the planet can expect more people to suffer the devastation from fierce storms’ increasing might.