GENEVA (WKOW) -- The Red Cross says 72.67 million people -- about one of every 100 around the world -- were forced to leave their homes last year by conflicts, disasters or development.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says about 43 million were uprooted by conflict and violence, 15 million were made homeless by natural or technological disasters and 15 million were displaced by development during 2011.
But the IFRC reported Tuesday the figures represent a drop from 101.2 million such people in 2010, 74.85 million in 2009 and 92.30 million in 2008.
The report says the figures strongly correlate to "mega-disasters" such as the 2008 earthquake in China, the 2009 floods and cyclones in India and the Pakistan floods and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Fall Creek (WQOW)- A home on Partridge Road exploded Sunday afternoon. The Township Fire Department says the family is out of town and no one was hurt in the blast. Right now crews are on scene investigatingMore >>
A home on Partridge Road exploded around noon on Sunday. The Township Fire Department says the family is out of town and no one was hurt in the blast.More >>
Jackson County (WQOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in which a pedestrian was hit by a semi in a parking lot. It happened after 4 p.m. at the Hixton Travel Plaza parkingMore >>
Washburn County (WQOW) - It's been 17 years since a girl disappeared after getting off a bus in Washburn County. New details in the case could be released this weekend. Sara Bushland was last seen inMore >>
It's been 17 years since a girl disappeared after getting off a bus in Washburn County.More >>
GORDON, Wis. – Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire whichMore >>
Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire which has scorched 8,700 acres of forest land in Douglas and Bayfield counties.More >>
Chippewa County (WQOW) - Even with the fire ban lifted, Chippewa fire crews are reminding everyone conditions are still dry. Emergency crews spent part of their evening battling a grass fire in ChippewaMore >>
Even with the fire ban lifted, Chippewa fire crews are reminding everyone conditions are still dry.More >>
I just happened to be taking some pictures early Tuesday morning and decided to take a look at the eagle's nest over the driveway. I was shocked! There was our Spring baby!More >>
I just happened to be taking some pictures of our goats, that walk across a bridge 12 feet in the air, early Tuesday morning and decided to take a look at the eagle's nest. I was shocked! There was our Spring baby!More >>
Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's no debating that obesity is a serious problem in this country. What may be open for debate is what the government can do to address it. Eau Claire's Comprehensive Plan hasMore >>
It's a unique step that's never been done in Eau Claire before. The data would be calculated using the body mass index.More >>
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