GENEVA, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Conflict, violence and disasters forced a record high number of 27.8 million people worldwide to leave their homes in 2015, according to a report released here Thursday by Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
The report covers internal displacement caused by conflict and sudden-onset disasters, as well as that caused by criminal and gang violence, slow-onset disasters like drought, and development projects.
According to the latest report, the number is equivalent to the combined populations of New York City, London, Paris and Cairo, or around 66,000 people per day who abandoned their homes.
Some 8.6 million new displacements associated with conflict and violence were recorded in 2015, bringing the total number of displacements, including those who fled in previous years, to 40.8 million at year's end, the highest figure ever recorded.
The Middle East and North Africa bore the brunt of new conflict-related displacement in 2015, with Syria, Yemen and Iraq accounting for over half of all new conflict-induced internal displacements worldwide.
Meanwhile, disasters caused 19.2 million people in 113 countries to leave their homes in 2015. In those cases, the vast majority of displacement was triggered by weather-related hazards such as storms and floods.
The report, "Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2016)", was supported by a global data platform which continually update the figures online.