Sharp Decline in Internal Displacements

  • 15 May 2024

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) report showed a sharp decline in the number of displaced people in India in 2023 compare to 2022.

Key Points

  • Decline in Displacements: India witnessed a notable decrease in internal displacements from disasters in 2023, contrasting with higher figures in previous years.
  • Deadly Floods and Glacial Lake Outburst: Himalayan states face devastation from deadly floods, while a glacial lake outburst in Sikkim leads to a catastrophic dam collapse.
  • Flood Displacement Hotspots: Delhi emerges as a flood displacement hotspot, with the Yamuna River overflowing after heavy rainfall, prompting evacuations.
  • Impact of Monsoon and Cyclones: South Asia reports millions of internal displacements, attributed partly to the El Nino event, affecting regions like Assam, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
  • Cyclonic Events: Cyclones Biparjoy and Mocha triggered widespread flooding and displacements in India and Bangladesh, emphasizing the need for early warnings and evacuations.
  • Government Preparedness: Pre-emptive evacuations led by governments mitigate disaster impacts, highlighting the importance of preparedness and planning.
  • Climate Change Projection: Experts warn of increasing extreme weather events in India due to climate change, with floods, heatwaves, and cyclones expected to intensify.