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  • 18 Jun, 2024

Devastating natural disasters and extreme weather events killed, and displaced tens of thousands of people across the world.

Afghan mourners offer funeral prayers for people killed in a series of earthquakes in Zendeh Jan district of Herat province on October 9, 2023. [Mohsen Karimi/AFP]
A city employee digs graves following an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, in February. [Yasin Akgul/AFP]
An aerial view of houses covered with volcanic ash following the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Magelang, Central Java province, Indonesia, on March 13, 2023. [Antara Foto/Hendra Nurdiyansyah/via Reuters]
Drinking water supplies have plunged to their lowest level since 1990 due to extreme drought in Catalonia. Here, a man walks on the cracked ground of the Baells reservoir, in the village of Cersc, in the Bergueda region, Spain, on March 14, 2023. [Nacho Doce/Reuters]
A backyard pool is left hanging on a cliffside after torrential rain wrought havoc on the beachfront town of San Clemente, California, on March 16, 2023. [Mike Blake/ Reuters]
A man recovers belongings from his house following floods in the mountains of Mentougou district, west of Beijing, China, on August 4, 2023. Beijing recorded its heaviest rainfall in 140 years as Typhoon Doksuri caused the evacuation of thousands and 21 deaths. [Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE]
Flames and smoke rise from a line of trees as a wildfire burns at the Dadia National Park in the region of Evros, Greece, on September 1, 2023. [Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters]
Dead sheep in the city of Volos, Greece, on September 6, 2023, following floods caused by Storm Daniel. [Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters]
A volunteer helps salvage furniture from homes, damaged by an earthquake, in the town of Imi N'Tala, outside Marrakech, Morocco, on September 13, 2023. [Mosa'ab Elshamy/ AP Photo]
Rescuers recover the body of a victim killed during flooding in Derna, Libya, on September 15, 2023. Search teams combed streets, wrecked buildings, and even the sea to look for bodies after the collapse of two dams unleashed a massive flash flood that killed thousands. [Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AP Photo]
Rescuers and relatives sit in front of collapsed buildings after flooding caused by Storm Daniel, in Derna, Libya, on September 18, 2023. [Muhammad J. Elalwany/AP Photo]
People wade through floodwaters after a section of road was destroyed in Mororo, North Eastern Kenya, on November 30, 2023. [AP Photo]
An elephant's body lies metres from a watering hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, on December 5, 2023. At least 100 elephants died in the country's largest national park due to drought, their decaying carcasses a grisly sign of what wildlife authorities and conservation groups say is the impact of climate change and the El Nino weather phenomenon. [Privilege Musvanhiri/IFAW via AP]
A mobile home park where three people perished is seen in the aftermath of a tornado on December 10, 2023 in Madison, Tennessee. Multiple long-track tornadoes were reported in northwest Tennessee in December, causing multiple deaths and injuries and widespread damage. [Jon Cherry/Getty Images/AFP]
Stranded residents stand on a road, a large section of which has washed away, in the suburb of Holloways Beach in Cairns, Australia, on December 18, 2023. [Joshua Prieto/AAP Image via AP]
People are seen at a temporary shelter in the main square in Dahejia, in Jishishan County, Gansu province, on December 20, 2023. Survivors of China's deadliest earthquake in years huddled in aid tents after overnight temperatures plunged well below zero, with the death toll rising to 131. [Pedro Pardo/AFP]