The death and disappearance of tens of thousands of people can no longer be ignored. And it cannot be resolved through the exclusive prism of security measures, says ICRC.
Sylhet and Sunamganj have been most affected, with water flowing above dangerous levels. Agricultural land and critical infrastructure, including power stations and schools, have been submerged.
Natural disasters accounted for most of this movement, but the number forced from their homes by conflict and violence also reached the highest record, at 14.4 million, says Save the Children.
“This must serve as a wake-up call to resolve and prevent destructive conflicts, end persecution, and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes,” said UNHCR chief.
Sudden heavy rains and windstorms struck North Galkacyo on 10 May, which destroyed IDP shelters and other communal assets such as latrines, health facilities, and schools.
With a scorching summer fast approaching, food prices rising and access to water and electricity limited, more funds are needed to address the crisis, the UN’s senior humanitarian official warns.
To help meet people's most urgent food security and nutrition needs, OCHA has released $30 million for the four countries: $6 million for Burkina Faso and $8 million each for Chad, Mali and Niger.
As IOM scales up its response, the effects of the cyclone are compounding existing needs in northern Mozambique as services and resources have been overstretched due to insecurity in Cabo Delgado.
Up from 55 million a year earlier, the unprecedented figure is the result of new waves of violence, protracted conflict and disasters, according to IDMC's annual report.
In the past six months, the total number of food-insecure children has risen to more than 4.6 million. An unprecedented number of children is now battling soaring rates of malnutrition.