Natural disasters

Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

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Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed

A boy carries his bicycle through floodwater in the Morigaon district of Assam state, India. Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's northern and eastern states.

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Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by monsoon rains ravaged the northern and eastern states of India over the weekend.

Flood in Bataan province brought by Typhoon Halong.

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Children swim in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in the town of Hermosa, Bataan province, Philippines, on Tuesday

A villager and her two-year-old grandchild sit before their collapsed house after an earthquake in Longtoushan town, Ludian county, Yunnan province, China, 05 August 2014. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Ludian County on 03 August 2014 that killed at least 404 people. Rain and landslides blocking key roads hamper efforts to rescue tens of thousands of people left homeless by an earthquake that killed over 400 in south-western China.

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A villager and her two-year-old grandchild sit in front of their collapsed house after an earthquake in Longtoushan, Ludian county, Yunnan province, China. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the area on Sunday killing at least 400 people.

Buses are stranded in a flooded street in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, as Typhoon Matmo was downgraded from typhoon to tropical storm.

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Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, as Typhoon Matmo is downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm.

An Afghan survivor sits in front of his tent near the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi-Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Hundreds of people were killed in the landslide and authorities tried to help families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village.

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A survivor sits in front of his tent near the site of Friday’s landslide that buried Abi Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, on Tuesday.

Typhoon victims queue for free food at an evacuation centre in Tacloban city in central Philippines February 13, 2014. Homeless residents are still living in tents and makeshift shelters in evacuation centres nearly 100 days after super Typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines, local officials said.

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Typhoon victims queue for food at an evacuation centre in Tacloban city in central Philippines on Thursday. Thousands of people made homeless by the super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the country nearly 100 days ago, are still living in tents and makeshift shelters.

***BESTPIX***  Flood Warnings Continue As More Rain Is Forecast Across England...WRAYSBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  A couple of residents canoe along a road called Riverside in  flooded Wraysbury on February 11, 2014 in England. The Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings for a number of areas on the river Thames west of London.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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A couple canoe along Riverside road in flooded Wraysbury in Berkshire. The Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings for a number of areas on the river Thames west of London, England Read more

***BESTPIX***  Aerial Views Show The Extent Of The Flooding On The Somerset Levels...BRIDGWATER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 10:  Water surrounds flooded properties in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Thousands of acres of the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and worryingly, more rain is forecast for later this week.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Marooned properties in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels, England. Thousands of acres in the area have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and more rain is forecast. Read more

***BESTPIX***  Prince Charles Visits Flood-Hit Communities On The Somerset Levels...MUCHLENEY, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets locals as he visits flood affected parts of Somerset on February 4, 2014 in Muchleney, United Kingdom.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets locals as he visits flood affected parts of Somerset on Tuesday in Muchleney, United KingdomRead more