Natural disasters

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A child stands on a wooden cart among destroyed houses in Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines. The involvement of the US in the rescue effort after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan highlights the need to expand the US’s military presence in the Philippines, foreign secretary Albert del Rosario said on Monday.

TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past shi...TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, Leyte Province in November 25, 2013. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean more than a fortnight ago, killing at least 5,200 people. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, capital of Leyte province, in the Philippines Read more

One of seven statues of the team of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur reeanacting his historic landing at Leyte in the Philippines on the 31st December1944 is toppled as it was hit by strong winds during Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city.

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One of the statues memorialising the historic landing of US general Douglas MacArthur at Palo Beach at Leyte in the Philippines on October 20 1944 was toppled as it was hit by strong winds during typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city

Residents walk along coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Banos

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Residents walk along the coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Baños, Laguna, south of Manila on Friday.

The search continues in the sea around the sea wall by West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex where 14 year old Dylan Alkins vanished while playing in the surf on Sunday.

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Rescuers near West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, search for 14-year-old Dylan Alkins who vanished on Sunday while playing in the surf.

In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. A large Sandy-related fire on the boardwalk in September has slowed progress in the area.

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In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, New Jersey. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of hurricane Sandy.

Think smoke from a bush fire fills the s...Think smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 24, 2013.  Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales that have destroyed over 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point.   AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Thick smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on Thursday. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales. The fires have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point. Read more

Firefighters work to contain fires from a resident's backyard at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. Firefighters have deliberately merged two major blazes in southeastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

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Firefighters work to contain the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, southeastern Australia. Two major blazes have been deliberately merged in a desperate attempt to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

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.