Natural disasters of 2008

This September 10 image, taken by the crew of the International Space Station flying 220 statute miles above Earth, shows Hurricane lke

In this September 12 photo, a home burns on the beach on Galveston Island, Texas, as Hurricane Ike approaches

Fish remain stuck in a fence on September 15 as flood waters caused by Hurricane Ike recede, in West Orange, Texas
People seek refuge from flood waters in east Nepal in August 2008. More than two million people were affected by flooding after a dam burst

Cattle stand stranded on small islands surrounded by flood waters in the Indian state of Bihar in September last year, after a breach in the embankments of the Kosi river, north of a dam in Nepal
Residents search for survivors in a school that collapsed on the outskirts of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince on November 7

A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa, on June 10, at 9:04pm

Debris from homes lies scattered in Prattville, Alabama on February 17, after severe storms and a tornado damaged parts of the city
In this October 13 photo, traffic snakes up a road as residents flee their hillside homes during a fast moving, wind-driven brush fire in Los Angeles

In this June 25 photo, a US Navy Seahawk helicopter hovers around the sunken passenger ferry, the MV Princess of the Stars, while divers continue a search and rescue operation, in the Philippines. A storm overturned the seven-storey ferry
An ambulance is covered with mud after a landslide occured in Villar Pellice, near Turin, Italy, on May 29
Workers load the carcasses of horses into a truck at an equestrian club in Mexico City on August 26. Heavy rain caused floods, drowning at least 50 trapped horses and killing a night watchman

A firefighter climbs across a wire to evacuate residents stranded by floods caused by a mudslide in Chuxiong, China, on November 2

The broken spillway of a vanadium mine is seen in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province, China, on July 22
Vehicles are trapped at the site of a collapsed subway tunnel in Hangzhou, China, on November 15 An aerial photograph captures the plume of ashes spewed by the Chaiten volcano in Chile, on May 31
The Chaiten volcano in Chile erupts during storms in the middle of the night on May 3



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