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Floods and other natural disasters caused by climate change have led to the mass displacement of people in many parts of the world.

Climate refugees: The world's silent crisis

Number of people displaced by natural disasters could top 200m by 2050

RINTARO HOSOKAWA and MOMOKO KIDERA, Nikkei staff writers | Africa

VIENNA/ISTANBUL -- Extreme weather events linked to global warming are forcing tens of millions of people from their homes every year. At present, there are three times more "climate refugees" than people forced to flee due to armed conflict, and their number is forecast to top 200 million by 2050.

"The country experiences cyclical floods, but the magnitude and frequency are new phenomena," Nhial Tiitmamer, a senior environment associate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told Nikkei Asia after observing the aftermath of floods in Old Fangak in northern South Sudan in March.

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