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2020 climate disasters in 50 photos

  • Deadly flash floods and landslides in Nepal

    The flooded Bagmati River areas that were affected due to incessant rainfall in Kathmandu, Nepal, on July 20. Normal life across the country, including Kathmandu Valley, was devastated by the heavy rains.

  • Drought in Turkey

    A photographer takes pictures of the cracked soil after a drought at Dikilitas Pond in the Golbasi district of Ankara, Turkey, on July 23.

  • Tropical storm Isaias in Dominican Republic

    View of a destroyed house after the overflow of the Magua River on July 31. The overflow was caused by heavy rains driven by the tropical storm Isaias in the city of Hato Mayor, northwest of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

  • Record-breaking temperatures in Paris and around the world

    A couple sitting by the Seine at dusk on July 31, as temperatures started to cool after a day of searing heat in Paris. The temperature hit a record by reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit that day, as the city braced itself for a second wave of cases of the coronavirus.

  • Fires rage in Argentina’s Paraná Delta

    After a brutal drought, the Paraná River Delta in Entre Rios Province, near the Argentine city of Rosario, Santa Fe Province, displays burning wetlands on Aug. 1. It is one of the largest and most biodiverse ecosystems in the world and has been burning like never before since the beginning of 2020.

    Argentina’s environment minister accused stockbreeders and tenants for the fires as they often use fire to “clean up” grasslands. However, the producers strongly reject the accusations, arguing the fires also undermine their activity.


  • Apple Fire burns in Whitewater, California

    Inmate firefighters arrive at the scene of a new fire start about 20 miles from the Apple Fire in Whitewater, California, on Aug. 2. More than 1,300 firefighters were battling a blaze that was burning out of control at the same time in southern California, threatening thousands of people and homes east of Los Angeles. The Apple Fire that broke out near the city of San Bernardino charred more than 20,000 acres, sending up columns of smoke visible from miles away.

  • Deadly flooding in South Korea

    The flooded Han River Park is seen after torrential rain on Aug. 4, in Seoul, South Korea. Damage from heavy rain that pounded the country’s central region for 42 days, the longest monsoon in the area since 2013, killed 14 and left more than 1,000 displaced from their homes.

  • Widespread flooding in Sudan

    Children appear in a flooded street after heavy rain hit Khartoum, Sudan, on Aug. 1. The rains took 100 lives, damaged more than 100,000 homes, and water levels in the Nile River and some of its tributaries rose to heights not seen in the past 100 years.

  • Derecho in Iowa

    An aerial image from a drone shows damaged grain bins at the Heartland Co-Op grain elevator on Aug. 11, in Luther, Iowa. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said early estimates indicate 10 million acres, nearly a third of the state’s land used for crops, were damaged when a powerful storm battered the region a day earlier with winds up to 140 mph.

  • Deadly flooding in Yemen

    Yemeni laborers remove the rubble ahead of restoration work on the site of a collapsed UNESCO-listed building following heavy rains, in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on Aug. 12. Flash floods triggered by torrential rains killed at least 172 people across Yemen, damaging homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, officials said.


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