Disasters displace lakhs: study-THE HINDU-05-06-2020
Flooding caused by the south-west monsoon led to 26 lakh displacements, while Cyclone Fani alone led to 18 lakh displacements, followed by Cyclone Vayu and Bulbul. On the other hand, drought conditions in 19 States led to another 63,000 displacements.
Apart from such forced migrations, many migrants move for work. With migrant workers in the news due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the report also broke down 2011 census data on migrant populations.
There were over 45 crore migrants in the country at the time, with the vast majority migrating within their own State. In 2011, over 1.7 crore new migrants had moved for employment purposes, mostly from rural to urban areas. The report also offers a snapshot of data on forests, water, waste, air, land, wildlife and other natural resources. “Each data is a story.
We are sure that the data and the story it tells will help in better decision making.