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. Read more

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.