Natural disasters

A couple look at a house burnt out by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains. Residents faced scenes of devastation on Friday after bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed "hundreds" of homes in southeastern Australia with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.

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A couple look at a house burnt out by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney‘s Blue Mountains. Residents faced scenes of devastation on Friday after bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed ‘hundreds’ of homes in southeastern Australia with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.

Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member search for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on October 17, 2013. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan's Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.

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A Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member searches for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on Thursday. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan’s Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.

Filipinos walk along the road destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake  in Cortez  town, Bohol province, central Philippines, 16 October 2013. The death toll in a powerful earthquake in the Philippines has risen to 144, the national disaster risk management agency said 16 October.  At least 23 were reported missing and believed trapped in collapsed buildings in Bohol Province, 640 kilometres south of Manila, it added. Nearly 300 were injured in October 15  magnitude-7.2 tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades.

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Filipinos walk along a road destroyed by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Cortez town, Bohol province, central Philippines. The death toll after the earthquake has risen to 144, the national disaster risk management agency said on Wednesday. At least 23 were reported missing and believed trapped in collapsed buildings in Bohol Province, 640km south of Manila, it added. Nearly 300 were injured in the tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades.

A woman reacts in front of collapsed houses following a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital.  Mandatory Credit.

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A woman stands in front of collapsed houses after a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Eight people were killed and over 30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one small island but largely sparing the capital.

Thai children enjoy play in floodwaters at a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok on October 9, 2013. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died due to the flood.

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Thai children play in floodwaters outside a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok, on Wednesday. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died because of the flood.

TOPSHOTS A man crosses an empty street in Hong Kong on August 14, 2013. Hong Kong battened down as typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights after leaving six dead in the Philippines.   AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A man crosses an empty street in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Hong Kong battened down as typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city’s financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights after leaving six dead in the Philippines.

 

an Indonesian man with his son pray after offering flowers on the dried volcanic mud for family members who died during a volcano eruption in Sidoarjo in eastern Java island, as Indonesians mark Eid al-Fitr with pilgrimages to cemeteries to remember their dead

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A local resident gestures to a military helicopter dropping water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens

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A local resident shows his support as a military helicopter drops water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

Forest fire at Moimenta da Beira...epa03810708 Firemen are silhouetted against the flames as they fight a forest fire at Moimenta da Beira, Portugal, 02 August 2013. Media reports citing a spokesman for the National Fire Coordination Center state that more that 200,000 hectares of forest have been burnt by wildfires in this year following months of severe drought. According to the media reports there has been already several casualties by the wildfires.  EPA/NUNO ANDRE FERREIRA

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Firemen are silhouetted against the flames as they fight a forest fire at Moimenta da Beira, Portugal. Media reports citing a spokesman for the National Fire Coordination Centre state that more that 200,000 hectares of forest have been burnt by wildfires this year after months of severe drought. According to the media reports there has already been several casualties of the fires. 

A forensic scientist inspects euro banknotes which were damaged during the recent floods, at the money analyzing laboratory of Germany's Federal Reserve bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, in Mainz.

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A forensic scientist inspects euro banknotes which were damaged during the recent floods, at the money analyzing laboratory of Germany’s Federal Reserve bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, in Mainz.

TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water se...TOPSHOTS Residents wade through water searching for salvageable materials after a fire razed a slum area in Manila on July 24, 2013. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report.   AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents wade through water searching for anything that can be salvaged after a fire razed a slum area in Manila. Almost 200 houses were destroyed, leaving 400 residents homeless, according to a local media report. 

A boy cries as he receives treatment in ...A boy cries as he receives treatment in a temporary shelter set up for quake victims in the town of Minxian in Dingxi, northwest China's Gansu province on July 24, 2013. At least 94 people were killed, China's official news agency reported citing local authorities on July 23, with 1,000 more injured and 51,800 homes collapsing.     AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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A boy cries as he receives treatment in a temporary shelter set up for earthquake victims in the town of Minxian in Dingxi, in northwest China’s Gansu province on Wednesday. At least 94 people were killed, China’s official news agency reported, in the July 22 quake. More than 1,000 were injured and 51,800 homes collapsed. 

A man holds a baby after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Minxian county...A man holds a baby after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, July 22, 2013. The earthquake killed at least 89 people with hundreds injured for many homes in the affected areas collapsed, state media reported on Monday. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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A man holds a baby after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province in China on Monday

Rescuers search for survivors in the rui...Rescuers search for survivors in the ruins of a damaged house in Hetuo township in Dingxi, northwest China's Gansu province on July 22, 2013. Rescuers rushed to find victims buried by twin shallow earthquakes in northwest China Monday after the double tremors killed 73 people and injured almost 600, officials said.  CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Rescuers search for survivors in the ruins of a damaged house in the Hetuo township in Dingxi, in northwest China’s Gansu province on Monday. Rescuers found victims buried by twin shallow earthquakes after the double tremors killed 73 people and injured almost 600. 

U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild...U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild, California July 18, 2013. The blaze erupted on Monday afternoon about 100 miles (161 km) east of Los Angeles in the scenic but rugged San Jacinto Mountains that overlook Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and several smaller desert towns.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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US forest firefighters take a rest in tents at the command post as a mountain fire lights up the night skies near Idyllwild, California on Thursday. 

A government employee inspects a light h...A government employee inspects a light house at Santiaochiao in New Taipei City as typhoon Soulik approaches northern Taiwan on July 11, 2013.  Taiwan evacuated more than 2,000 tourists as the island braced for super-typhoon Soulik while Japan's Okinawa warned residents giant waves of up to 12 metres (40 feet) could hit the archipelago.  AFP PHOTO / Sam YehSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

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A government employee inspects a lighthouse at Santiaochiao in New Taipei City as typhoon Soulik approaches northern Taiwan on Thursday. 

People walk through a flooded street in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province after a heavy storm hit paralysing transport

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People walk through a flooded street in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province after a heavy storm hit paralysing transport

The snow-covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla...The snow-covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla July 7, 2013. Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased level of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international airlines to suspend flights.The alert level for the towering Popocatepetl volcano, located some 50 miles (80 km) to the southeast of the capital, was raised to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement. REUTERS/Imelda Medina (MEXICO - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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The snow covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday. Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased amount of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international airlines to suspend flights. The alert level for the towering Popocatepetl volcano, which is 50 miles (80km) to the southeast of the capital, was raised to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention said 

Rescue workers from a military unit,  abseils down a cliff as they search for earthquake victims, at Serempah village, central Aceh district, Indonesia, 05 July 2013.  The death toll from a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province rose to 30, a disaster management official said. At least 275 people were injured and more than 5,000 buildings and houses damaged in Tuesday's quake, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

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A rescue worker from a military unit abseils down a cliff as he searches for earthquake victims at Serempah village in central Aceh district, Indonesia. The death toll from a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday rose to 30, a disaster management official said. At least 275 people were injured and more than 5,000 buildings and houses were damaged, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.

Smoke rises from the Popocatepetl as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla July 4, 2013. The 5,450-metre (17,900 ft) Popocatepetl volcano has been kept on yellow phase two alert, the second-highest warning on the center's seven-step scale, according to local media.

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Smoke rises from the Popocat├ępetl volcano as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico on Thursday.