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World's worst disasters 2012, fires to floods to famine

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An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, stands on top of the rubble of his destroyed home on August 12, 2012, as rescue workers search for survivors, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11.

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ATTA KENARE

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    Residents of the Compostela Valley province of the Philippines use a makeshift stretcher to carry the dead body of a boy as they cross a destroyed highway in the one day after Typhoon Bopha hit the region.

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    Ted Aljibe

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    A military helicopter with a water bucket participating in fire containment flies over part of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 28, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The massive fire, which eased slightly with the help of cooler temperatures and lighter winds, has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 30,000 people to flee.

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    Spencer Platt

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    A child walks through damaged fields in Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, one day after Hurricane Sandy passed through Haiti on October 27, 2012.

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    Thony Belizaire

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    Residents look over the remains of St. Joseph's Catholic Church on March 1, 2012 in Ridgeway, Ill. The 110-year-old church was completely destroyed after it was struck by a tornado early Tuesday. According to reports, at least 13 people died as severe weather swept through the middle of the country on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    Scott Olson

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    A Qatari man was confirmed as having the SARS-like coronavirus, which health officials worry will spread globally.

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    CDC

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    A girl carries cans to fill with water in southeastern Mauritania, on May 4, 2012. The food crisis across West Africa's Sahel region puts millions at risk of hunger, according to the UN.

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    Abdelhak Senna

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    A Pakistani soldier wearing sunglasses looks on at the avalanche site during an ongoing operation at Gayari camp near the Siachen glacier on April 18, 2012. Rescuers are still searching for nearly 140 soldiers buried by the mass of snow and rock at Gayari camp near the Siachen glacier, 4,000 metres above sea level.

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    AAMIR QURESHI

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    Darren Becker sifts through arid topsoil under a ruined crop on the family farm on August 24, 2012 in Logan, Kansas.

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    John Moore

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    Rescuers needed to uncover bodies buried beneath 120 feet of snow high in the Kashmir Mountains after an avalanche on the Siachen Glacier in April 2012. An estimated 135 soldiers and 11 civilians died.

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    Many experts say natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy will become more prevalent as the climate continues to warm.

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    NASA

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    An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, stands on top of the rubble of his destroyed home on August 12, 2012, as rescue workers search for survivors, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11.

    Credit:

    ATTA KENARE