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2020 climate disasters in 50 photos

  • Massive locust swarms in Kenya

    A swarm of desert locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, on Feb. 20. Extreme weather events due to the climate crisis have become the new normal in the Horn of Africa as heavy rains and cyclonic activity resulted in a desert locust upsurge that has affected countries in the region and beyond, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • Tornado outbreaks in Southeastern United States

    Devastating tornadoes damaged buildings in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, on March 3. At least 25 people were killed after overnight tornadoes ripped across Tennessee, causing widespread damage throughout the state.

  • Locust plague in South Asia

    On May 14, an official of the Agriculture Department sprays pesticides to kill locusts in a field in the Pishin district, some 37 miles from Quetta, Pakistan. Area farmers struggle to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country’s agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

  • Cyclone Amphan devastates India and Bangladesh

    A woman carrying her child walks along a road near the Tajpur Beach to take shelter ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Amphan in Midnapore, West Bengal, in India on May 20. Several million people took shelter and prayed for the best as the Bay of Bengal’s fiercest cyclone in decades roared toward Bangladesh and eastern India, with devastating and deadly storm surges.

  • Tropical storm Amanda in El Salvador

    A man surveys damage at the commercial area of Sunzal Beach affected by tropical storm Amanda in La Libertad, El Salvador, on June 1. Storm Amanda left a trail of destruction and death as it passed through northern Central America, where 18 people died and countless homes and roads were devastated by the cyclone.


  • Floods and landslides in Japan

    An officer walks past a damaged car in Hitoyoshi, in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on July 8. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged that Japan would deploy more troops to search for survivors of the devastating floods and landslides that killed at least 62 people in the southwest part of the country.

  • Deadly flooding in Wuhan, China

    A young girl wearing a mask plays in Jiantan park, flooded by heavy rains along the Yangtze River on July 10, in Wuhan, China. On July 5, Wuhan had upgraded its emergency response for flood control from Grade III to Grade II, the second-highest of a four-tier system.

  • Monsoon floods affect millions in India and Bangladesh

    Villagers paddle their boat next to a partially submerged hut in the flood-affected area of Hatisila, in the Kamrup district of Assam, India, on July 14. Flooding is an annual phenomenon in the country’s northeast area, claiming hundreds of lives each year.

  • Siberian wildfires produce record carbon emissions

    Russian firefighters work to extinguish forest fires near the village of Batagay, Sakha Republic in Yakutia on July 11. Freakishly warm weather across large swaths of Siberia since January, combined with low soil moisture, contributed to a resurgence of wildfires that devastated the region last summer, according to the European Union’s climate monitoring network. Russia’s forest service battled blazes by cloud seeding and the use of explosives.

  • Extreme flooding reaches China’s Three Gorges Dam

    On July 19, a security guard looks at his smartphone while water is released from the Three Gorges Dam, a gigantic hydropower project on the Yangtze River, to relieve flood pressure in Yichang, central China’s Hubei province. Since the beginning of July, rising waters across central and eastern China left more than 158 people dead or missing, and the affected almost 54 million people, according to the ministry of emergency management.


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