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Bangladesh ranked fifth on most internal displacement list

Bangladesh ranked fifth on most internal displacement list

Staff Correspondent

Bangladeshis suffered the most internal displacements last year due to the impact of Cyclone Mocha and landslides in Chattogram, according to a report by the Switzerland-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Sudan topped the list with 9.1 million people displaced due to civil war followed by natural calamity hit China and Turkey. The Philippines has been ranked fourth and Bangladesh fifth – both due to natural disasters, making all but the first (Sudan) among the top five suffering from natural disasters.

If conflict-torn countries are ranked separately, Democratic Republic of Congo and Israel-occupied Palestinian territories come second and third in the most internal displacement list.

In Bangladesh, nearly 1.8 million people were displaced last year, according to the Geneva-based report, and climate change played a major role in causing the sufferings.

However, the country’s natural disaster preparedness and infrastructural strength have improved significantly over the years due to the joint efforts of government and development partners, the report said adding the countrymen suffered less damage from cyclones and landslides in 2023 than in previous years.

The improved resilience helped prevent the estimated losses in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps. Many of those displaced in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and coastal areas managed to return home safely days after disaster hit their homes, a government official has told media.

 

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