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The year (2016) in natural disasters

The year in natural disasters


A firefighter battles the Blue Cut wildfire burning near the Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California, on Aug. 16, 2016. The rapidly spreading fire raged east of Los Angeles and forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people as the governor of California declared a state of emergency. RINGO CHIU/AFP/Getty

Whether it was historic flooding, powerful earthquakes or unstoppable wildfires, natural disasters in 2016 set the stage for many impactful and memorable photos.

Before striking the U.S. with heavy flooding, Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction in the Caribbean. Scorching temperatures, high winds and the ongoing drought led to destructive wildfires in California. Powerful earthquakes shook parts of Italy and another caused major landslides in Japan. Typhoons wreaked havoc in the Philippines.

We take a look at some of the most devastating natural disasters around the world in 2016…


Disaster resilience in Victoria gets a $23 million boost

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $23.1 million in funding to help communities in Victoria enhance their resilience to natural disasters.

Mr. Keenan said the Australian Government’s contribution, which is part of the $52 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience, will support Victorian Government and local projects that contribute to safer, more sustainable and resilient communities.

“This funding encourages a partnership approach to building disaster resilience, with communities contributing to the culture of shared responsibility with governments,” Mr. Keenan said.

“Natural hazards can have an enormous impact on our country, taking lives and crippling families, livelihoods, businesses…



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