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Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50-percent increase from the 42.7 million uprooted…

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June 19, 2018


Houston residents face red fire ants after Harvey devastation

NEWS DESK: Thousands in Houston are still stranded or displaced by the rain and wrath of tropical storm Harvey, but a floating menace may add to that despair, reported The Independent. People are reporting large colonies of fire ants floating on the rising waters that have destroyed homes and property, swept cars and people away,…

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August 30, 2017


At least 180 dead, a million displaced in India floods

CALCUTTA: Floods from days of torrential rain have now claimed at least 180 lives in India with one million people sheltering in relief camps after fleeing surging waters, officials said Tuesday. Rivers have burst their banks, hitting thousands of villages in parts of West Bengal as well as northeastern Manipur state, where roads and bridges…

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August 4, 2015


Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced

ADEN: An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted a nearby base for Houthi fighters battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yemen's state news agency Saba, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the…

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March 30, 2015


Afghan landslide rescue focuses on displaced

KABUL: Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, with the number killed or missing put at between a few hundred and as many as 2,700. The United Nations said the focus now was on helping more than 4,000 displaced people. International organizations and Afghan…

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May 3, 2014


28 die in Vietnam floods, 80,000 displaced

HANOI: Flooding in Vietnam has killed at least 28 people since Friday, with nine others missing and nearly 80,000 displaced, state media and government reports said, after a tropical depression dumped heavy rains across central regions of the country.In Quang Ngai province, where nine were killed and four people are missing, flood waters rose above…

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November 17, 2013


“Himalayan tsunami” deaths rise to 680, many displaced

NEW DELHI: Uttarakhand have killed at least 680 people, government officials have said but they warned the death toll could soar as debris and roads are cleared following what many are calling a “Himalayan Tsunami”.Aid workers said it was a race against time to get food, drink and medicines to tens of thousands of survivors,…

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June 25, 2013


Cyclone kills 7 in Sri Lanka; thousands displaced

COLOMBO: A cyclone caused by a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal killed at least seven people in Sri Lanka, government officials said on Tuesday.Cyclone Mahasen, which brought heavy rains and landslides to Sri Lanka, was expected to hit Bangladesh and Myanmar later this week.”Seven people have died and 10 people have got injured….

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May 14, 2013


Syria's displaced million brace for bleak winter

NEW YORK: In a dusty park in north Damascus, Fatima Badr is preparing to give birth without medical care, no roof over her head and far from the home she fled when President Bashar al-Assad's forces bombarded her town east of the Syrian capital.Another 20 families, displaced like her by the violence sweeping Syria, live…

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October 12, 2012


Fleeing violence, Assam's displaced face disease, death in camps

GUWAHATI, India: Hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in squalid, overcrowded camps in India's northeast desperately need food, water and medicines after fleeing some of the worst communal violence in a decade, officials and aid workers said on Monday.At least 12 people, including four children, have died and thousands are sick with diseases such as…

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August 6, 2012


India races to help thousands displaced by deadly riots

GUWAHATI: Indian authorities on Friday raced to provide help to hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in makeshift camps in the country's northeast after deadly ethnic unrest. The chief minister of far-flung Assam state, Tarun Gogoi, said the region was now calm after some 45 people were killed and at least 200,000 forced to flee…

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July 27, 2012


UN report predicts increase in world's displaced

UNITED NATIONS: The number of people fleeing their homes and becoming refugees or displaced in their own countries will increase in the next 10 years as a result of a host of intertwined causes ranging from conflict and climate change to population growth and food shortages, according to a report Thursday by the U.N. refugee…

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June 1, 2012


Flood displaced struggle in disaster zone, crops damaged

KARACHI: More than 200 people have died, 200-thousand have been left homeless and 4.2 (m) million acres of agricultural land have been inundated, as heavy flooding spreads across Pakistan's Sindh province. The town of Tando Bago, in Badin district – the worst hit district around 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Karachi – is under several…

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September 14, 2011


Internally displaced people of Gilgit

Manzar Shakil shares with us miseries of internally displaced people of Gilgit.

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April 17, 2011


Waziristan's 41 displaced families return home after push

PESHAWAR: A first convoy of Pakistani families have returned to South Waziristan with UN and government help to rebuild their lives after major fighting against the Taliban, a UN official said Sunday. UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokeswoman Dunya Aslam Khan told AFP that 41 families returned home on Saturday with the help of the UN…

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December 5, 2010


Pakistanis displaced by fighting trickle back home

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Families began trickling back to Pakistan's South Waziristan on Saturday nearly 14 months after being displaced by fighting between al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants and the military. Pakistan's government is eager to re-settle people in volatile areas like South Waziristan along the Afghan border in the northwest to show military offensives are stabilising…

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December 4, 2010


One million displaced need aid in southern Pakistan: UN

ISLAMABAD: The UN chief of humanitarian affairs said Friday that more than one million displaced people still need emergency aid in southern Pakistan, around four months after catastrophic floods.Monsoon rains ravaged a fifth of Pakistan in July and August, affecting 21 million people, consuming entire villages, wiping out agricultural land and destroying industries in the…

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December 3, 2010


One million displaced need aid in southern Pakistan: UN

ISLAMABAD: The UN chief of humanitarian affairs said Friday that more than one million displaced people still need emergency aid in southern Pakistan, around four months after catastrophic floods. Monsoon rains ravaged a fifth of Pakistan in July and August, affecting 21 million people, consuming entire villages, wiping out agricultural land and destroying industries in…

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December 3, 2010


100,000 more displaced by Manchar Lake burst: UN

ISLAMABAD: Some 100,000 more people have been displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan where massive floods have already affected millions of people, a UN spokesman said Tuesday, The Manchar lake in southern Sindh province overflowed on Friday, forcing people living in the area to seek refuge elsewhere, UN spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told AFP….

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September 22, 2010


One million more displaced by fresh floods

ISLAMABAD: About one million more people have been displaced in Sindh over the last 48 hours as devastating floods continue to spread across south Pakistan, the United Nations said on Friday. The UN earlier said that about six million had been forced out of their houses by the floods that began nearly a month ago….

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August 27, 2010


Each displaced family to get Rs. 20,000: Kaira

Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Thursday that the National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) has been set up to ensure transparency and judicious distribution of assistance to the flood affected people. Addressing a press conference here, he said provinces have been asked to give names of persons with good…

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August 20, 2010