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Ecuador resumes normal life after ear...
Pedernales
By Cristina Muñoz
15 May 2016

One month after Pedernales 7.8 earthquake, in Ecuador's coast, almost 30,000 victims try to find normality for their lives.
Though the Ecuadorian government had implemented 19 official shelters, with the aid of ACNHUR, Red Cross and friendly countries, some have decided to stay on improvised camps.
These towns, mostly inhabited by humble fishermen, will take years to rebuilt, while they turn their hopes on God. On May 16th, moved by the Catholic tradition, requiem masses will take place all over the coastal cities to remember the 660 deaths and 40 missing people

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Northern Pakistan Heavy Rain and Floods
Chitral
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
27 Jul 2015

Footage of floods in Northern Pakistan and Chitral District and other areas.

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Darkness for Nepal's Earthquake Survi...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

On April 25, 2015 a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing thousands and leaving the country struggling to recover. Two weeks later, survivors experienced another two major earthquakes, leaving them in an uncertain situation, where nature seemed to decide their fate without warning. The most dramatic times come at night when the city streets and mountain paths are wrapped in darkness. If the earth starts trembling, sleep can betray you. People sleep outside, stay up to maintain security in their neighborhoods or just suffer from insomnia and stay awake out of habit. Today, Nepal is living a nightmare, even during the day, where continuos aftershocks remind people that their home stands on the seismic hot zone where the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate - giving birth to the Himalayas.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

People left homeless by the earthquake still sleep in the open air in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. More than a half-million tents are needed for the huge numbers of people forced from their homes by Nepal's devastating earthquake.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
10 May 2015

A building lies in ruin between the ancient Durbar Square quarter of Kathmandu and the tourist area Thamel. The total numbers of foreigners who fell victim to the earthquake are still unknown.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A victim of the earthquake stands outside a tent in the Durbar Square area, the ancient historical city center of Kathmandu. Durbar Square was one of the areas of the capital most damaged in the earthquake.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Groups of citizens in Bhaktapur organize night shifts working as security guards around the city to avoid robberies inside abandoned houses.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A statue of the monkey-god Hanuman stands intact between the ruins of Kasthamandap temple and Durbar square.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Entire areas of the ancient city of Kathmandu remain in danger of collapsing in aftershocks. Many roadblocks are in place to avoid people walking through.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

The Nepali army has closed the entry to Durbar square in Kathmandu from 7pm to 6am for security reasons.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

A Nepali army officer walks during a nighttime rain storm in Durbar square. As the rainy season is approaching in Nepal, the danger of more landslides and collapsed buildings is increasing.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
09 May 2015

Displaced people camp right in front Durbar Square. Nepal's Government fired a "warning shot" at landlords, saying any property owner who tried to profit from a devastating quake that left thousands of families homeless would face legal action.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
06 May 2015

In Bhaktapur, a portrait remains intact on the wall of a destroyed house after the violent earthquake struck Nepal on April 15th.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
06 May 2015

Two drunk friends walk together late at night between the rubble of downtown of Bhaktapur, now mostly destroyed.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
05 May 2015

Resident of Bhaktapur hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of three young friends that died together under the rubble after the earthquake on the 25th of April.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
04 May 2015

Earthquake victims warm themselves around a fire amid the ruins of the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
04 May 2015

Family members of a deceased person shave their hair following tradition after the body of their relative has been cremated at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Kodari
By vincenzo floramo
30 Apr 2015

Dozens of people sleep in the open air in Kodari on the Tibet Chinese border. Thousands of people have remained blocked for more than a week in the area.

The Araniko Highway connecting Kathmandu and China has been obstructed at various points as result of landslides provoked by the earthquake.

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Kodari
By vincenzo floramo
30 Apr 2015

Nepali tourists sleep inside their car in a popular spot in Kodari village near the Chinese border. Truck drivers and families on holiday have been stuck for more than week due to the earthquake.

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Surveying Earthquake Damage in Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal
By nomichele
29 Apr 2015

The earthquake, measuring 7.8 Richter, that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25th, left  behind death and destruction. The capital Katmandu was heavily damaged, leaving temples, stores and buildings reduced to rubble.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
29 Apr 2015

Groups of citizens in Bhaktapur organize night shifts working as security guards around the city to avoid robberies inside abandoned houses.

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Bhaktapur
By vincenzo floramo
29 Apr 2015

A victim of the earthquake sleeps outside on the road as a result of the damage his home suffered in the quake. More than three-quarters of the buildings in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, are uninhabitable or unsafe.

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Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
28 Apr 2015

An earthquake victim stands in front of the fire near her home in Bakhtapur.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
17 Apr 2014

A haze rose over Cerro Ramaditas in Valparaíso, Chile, on Sunday morning. Part of it was the Pacific Ocean fog that rolls in over the coastal city at every dawn. But the rest is rising up from the ground in the form of smoke.

Ashes line the streets of where thousands of citizens of Valparaíso lived only a few short days ago when a fire hit the city that claimed 2,500 homes - leaving 11,000 citizens in the city with nothing but tents on their property.

The brightest spots on the scorched earth cerro are governmental and community aid have to help the struggling citizens. But how will houses where generation of families living in poverty - sometimes with 15 or more people people living within their walls - rise from the ashes?

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
15 Apr 2014

Marcés (right) stands in front of all that remains of a house that he, his three brothers and their families lived in for the last 23 years. In total, 15 members of Marcés' family now live in tents without sewage systems or potable water.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
15 Apr 2014

Cerro Ramaditas, a poor district of the port city of Valparaíso, Chile, may sometimes be filled with garbage, but currently it is filled with ashes.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

Margarita Peñas drives through the camp as the sun rises at 6 a.m., carrying her children, a crate of sandwiches and a giant thermos of hot water in the back of her car to those who have returned to the scorched area.

"When people go through bad times, you have to bring them what they can’t get by themselves,” Peñas said. “How can you watch these people watching suffering on the television and not do something?”

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

“All of the people [living here] are literally in the street right now,” Marcés said. “...You have just to get back to work. This is where my family will build their home again."

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

"When these catastrophes happen, they’re always making promises," said Sarah Carquím (left), who had recently added a second story to the house that she lost in the fire where she raised her family for more than 30 years. Behind her is the group of tents where her family will live until they raise enough money to build another home.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

"There's no other way to approach it but with a good attitude," Carquím said. "It's all that we have left now. That, and the memories."

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

From the Civil Guard to the Armed Forces, Chilean governmental forces walked the smoky haze of the area on the Tuesday morning after the fire was extinguished.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

Not a green leaf remains on the trees of Cerro Ramaditas, now a blackened version of bright graffiti-covered city of the coastal city.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

Alicia, a resident of the hillside community for more than 30 years, walks to her neighbor's bathroom here.

“Everything, everything, everything,” Alicia said. “It’s pure ashes now. There’s nothing left. Not even a peso.”

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

A blaze that struck the vibrant port city killed 15 and left nearly 11,000 homeless according to government estimates.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

Even dogs roam the streets on this dawn, lost in the scent of smoke.

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By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

But how soon these families will be able to recover still remains to be seen.

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By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

While many of the pets were brought in by owners, the small entrance to the emergency veterinary shelter was largely crowded by strangers bringing in wounded animals that they found in the streets.

Here, a dog waits for surgery on its burnt tail and paws.

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Chile, Valparaíso
By Zachary F. Volkert
14 Apr 2014

Below, a dog sleeps on newspapers breaking the story of the fire that took his home.

Shelters for people who have been affected have also sprung up all over the city, servicing thousands of people, many whom lost everything in the fire – but those volunteering at the animal shelter noted how important it was to reach out to animals as well.

“There are people who help other people,” Leo said. “But we also need to worry about the the other souls in the world – animals.”