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In Pictures: 2017 Natural Disasters

IN PICTURES: From hurricanes to wildfires, volcanic eruptions to landslides, earthquakes and windstorms, the unending list of disasters have killed thousands.

Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s denial of climate change, the sheer number of natural disasters around the globe since January offer sufficient proof.

From hurricanes to wildfires, volcanic eruptions to landslides, earthquakes and windstorms, the unending list of disasters have killed thousands and cost trillions of dollars in reconstruction and relief programs.

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Cyclone Debbie, a category 4 storm, wrought widespread damage in Australia
Cyclone Debbie, a category 4 storm, wrought widespread damage in Australia's northeast in March, as flooding rain and fallen trees slowed troops and emergency workers reaching the worst-hit areas. Photo:Reuters
The death toll in tragic mudslides in Colombia rose to at least 303, in early April affecting over 45,000 people according to national authorities.
The death toll in tragic mudslides in Colombia rose to at least 303, in early April affecting over 45,000 people according to national authorities. Photo:EFE
Washed away in the torrent of storms left over from El Nino, Peru took a toll in March and April with major flooding damaging almost 300,000 homes and destroying 2,500 km of crops.
Washed away in the torrent of storms left over from El Nino, Peru took a toll in March and April with major flooding damaging almost 300,000 homes and destroying 2,500 km of crops. Photo:Reuters
In May, floods and landslides in Sri Lanka’s southern and western regions killed at least 122 people with the country
In May, floods and landslides in Sri Lanka’s southern and western regions killed at least 122 people with the country's Disaster Management Center said 97 people were still reported missing and nearly 500,000 were displaced. Photo:Reuters
June saw a series of landslides in both India and Bangladesh which killed at least 156 people and injuring hundreds.
June saw a series of landslides in both India and Bangladesh which killed at least 156 people and injuring hundreds. Photo:Reuters
Registering as the worst drought since 2011, Kenya’s extremely dry temperatures affected 370,000 children with reports of desperate women turning to prostitution to support their families.
Registering as the worst drought since 2011, Kenya’s extremely dry temperatures affected 370,000 children with reports of desperate women turning to prostitution to support their families. Photo:Reuters
Typhoon Hato, a maximum category-10 storm, crashed into Hong Kong with a wind speed of 155 kmh and threatening to raise sea levels to five meters (15 feet).
Typhoon Hato, a maximum category-10 storm, crashed into Hong Kong with a wind speed of 155 kmh and threatening to raise sea levels to five meters (15 feet). Photo:Reuters
Rescue personnel uncovered 499 dead bodies after a devastating landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone in August.
Rescue personnel uncovered 499 dead bodies after a devastating landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone in August. Photo:Reuters
Almost three months after September’s hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria slammed into the Caribbean, hundreds of thousands from Texas to St. Thomas continue efforts to rebuild their communities.
Almost three months after September’s hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria slammed into the Caribbean, hundreds of thousands from Texas to St. Thomas continue efforts to rebuild their communities. Photo:Reuters
In Mexico, sudden earthquakes surrounding the anniversary of Mexico City’s devastating earthquake of 1985 killed over 300 with magnitudes of 7.1 and 8.1.
In Mexico, sudden earthquakes surrounding the anniversary of Mexico City’s devastating earthquake of 1985 killed over 300 with magnitudes of 7.1 and 8.1. Photo:Reuters
Spain and Portugal experienced some of the worst fires in their history, while in California wildfires killed at least 40 people. Spanish authorities said they suspected many of the fires were due to arson.
Spain and Portugal experienced some of the worst fires in their history, while in California wildfires killed at least 40 people. Spanish authorities said they suspected many of the fires were due to arson. Photo:Reuters
Iranian authorities reported that November’s 7.3 earthquake killed at least 430 people and left over 7,000 injured.
Iranian authorities reported that November’s 7.3 earthquake killed at least 430 people and left over 7,000 injured. Photo:Reuters
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