Victims of Haiti's earthquake spent their second day coping with the destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people have neither water, sanitation nor electricity. The Red Cross in Haiti estimates that as many as 50,000 people died in the quake, but Haitian officials say the number could be twice as high. Avi Lewis and Sebastian Walker of Al Jazeera English report.
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Devastating floods, said to be the worst in over 100 years, have swept across southern India. Overflowing rivers have broken banks and inundated large areas that had been suffering from a severe drought. More than 200 people have died and 800,000 have become homeless.
At least 715 people are confirmed dead after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and the government says thousands more may still be trapped under the rubble. Rescue workers are trying to cope.
At least 240 people have died and more than 450,000 have been displaced in the Philippines due to severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana.
Massive fires near Athens have forced thousands of Greeks to flee their homes, destroying roughly 37,000 acres of forest. Firefighters have been battling to contain the blaze for days.
After an earthquake struck central Italy in April, killing more than 300 people and displacing 65,000, more than a thousand survivors are still living in tents. A Worldfocus contributing blogger visits the town of L’Aquila in Italy and describes the efforts of volunteers.
A strong earthquake struck central Italy overnight, killing at least 207, injuring more than 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Italy had earlier dismissed a scientist who predicted a devastating earthquake.