Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters were responsible for several million displacements of people in 2022, reports Associated Press.
At least 3.3 million people were forced from their homes in 2022 on American soil due to natural disasters that struck the country throughout the year, according to a survey by the United States Census Bureau relayed by the press agency Associated Press.
Of these 3.3 million displaced adults, more than a third left their homes for less than seven days. But one in six residents never returned home, according to the survey.
400,000 people displaced in Louisiana
The most affected state in 2022 is Florida, where a million people were impacted, in particular by Hurricane Ian. This hurricane hit the southeastern United States and Cuba, alone causing more than a hundred deaths and at least $100 billion in damage.
Just over 400,000 people in Louisiana have also been forced from their homes this year due to natural disasters. Associated Press notes, however, that the hurricane season was rather “calm” in this state in 2022.
The United States Census Bureau survey also lists the territories where population displacements linked to climatic disasters have been the least numerous. These are Maine, Indiana, North Dakota and Oklahoma.