Natural disasters

An aerial view of the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam is seen during a drought in Nazare Paulista

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An aerial view of the Atibainha dam in Nazare Paulista, São Paulo state. Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira resevoir, which provides greater São Paulo with most of its water, at its lowest level on record

An Albanian man walks through flood waters towards his home in the village of Mifol near the city of Vlora on February 3, 2015. Floods caused by heavy rains over the last days have hit southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers after rivers flooded thousands of hectares (acres), hundreds of homes and many roads. Many regions in southern Albania had no power or water. Police urged residents to cancel travel plans and more intense rain was forecast to hit over the next few days. No casualties were reported. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKUGENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images

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A man walks home through flood waters in the village of Mifol near the city of Vlora. Floods caused by heavy rains over the past few days have hit southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers after rivers flooded hundreds of homes and many roads.

A woman walks past houses that were heavily damaged by flash floods two month earlier in the coastal Moroccan village of Aglou, north of Sidi Ifni on January 12, 2015. The floods, that were described by the residents as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades, killed at least 32 people and left others homeless. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNAFADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks past houses that were heavily damaged by flash floods two months earlier, in the coastal Moroccan village of Aglou, north of Sidi Ifni. The floods, that were described by the residents as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades, killed at least 32 people and left others homeless.

A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore due to Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila December 9, 2014. Typhoon Hagupit weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked and at least 27 people killed

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A boy looks for recyclable materials among the garbage washed ashore by Typhoon Hagupit in Cavite, south of Manila in the Philippines. The typhoon weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines.

Rescue work resumes at Japanese volcano...epa04422786 A handout aerial picture dated 27 September 2014 taken by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Chubu Regional Development Bureau shows the eruption of the Mount Ontake, between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan. On 29 September 2014, five more survivors were found in critical condition near the summit of the volcano. 10 people were confirmed dead late 28 September and more than 60 injured.

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An aerial photograph shows the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. More than 30 hikers were found dead on Sunday on the mountainside, a day after the eruption sent plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky. 

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California

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Firefighters battle the King Fire in the community of Fresh Pond in El Dorado County, California

A fishing boat passes the Super Shuttle Ferry 7 which capsized in strong winds and huge waves unleashed by Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally named Luis, in Manila Bay, Philippines.

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A fishing boat passes the Super Shuttle Ferry 7 which capsized in strong winds and huge waves unleashed by Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally named Luis, in Manila Bay, Philippines. All 15 crew were rescued.

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 

***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. 

***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 Kingdom

A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people are displaced due to flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported. Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in seven provinces in Mindanao on Friday after a low pressure area in the area developed into a tropical depression now named ìAgatonî, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical And Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people have been displaced due to flooding and landslides. 

A wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, Calif., on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014. Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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A wildfire burns in the hills north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, California. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of houses at the edge of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains 

Flooding in Jakarta

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People ride on a horse-drawn carriage through floodwaters in Jakarta on Monday. Thousands of residents have been evacuated after floods hit the Indonesian capital following heavy rains.