BOGOTÁ, Sep. 14 (DPA / EP) –
The tropical storm 'Humberto' will arrive this Saturday in Bahamas, just fifteen days after Hurricane 'Dorian' devastated the islands, as reported by the United States National Weather Service late Friday.
“Humberto will bring strong winds to some parts of northwestern Bahamas,” the weather service has warned on its website. The tropical storm 'Humberto' will also bring heavy rains that could cause some flooding in the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the weekend.
Hurricane 'Dorian', which first touched down on September 1, destroyed about 13,000 homes, according to the Red Cross. In addition, around 1,300 people remain missing and the number of fatalities is expected to increase to more than 50.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) has reported that natural disasters have caused a record 7 million new displacements worldwide in the first half of this year.
The vast majority of these disasters are associated with storms and floods, suggesting that mass displacement due to extreme weather events is becoming a norm.
Cyclone 'Fani' caused millions of displacements in India and Bangladesh, while cyclone 'Idai' caused damage in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. The floods also devastated Iran, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Bolivia.
The IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with natural disasters will more than triple by the end of the year, reaching 22 million.