Firefighters rescue flood victims in Franco da Rocha, Brazil, on Jan. 12. Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains devastated towns in a mountainous area near Rio de Janeiro, killing more than 350 people.
In this Jan. 18 photo, emergency workers and volunteers form a train to carry sandbags to be placed to protect a house from rising flood waters near Echuca, Australia.
The flood-damaged countryside in Ghazi, Pakistan, is seen on Aug. 5. The United States announced an additional $20 million to help Pakistani flood victims amid growing concern over the political, economic, and security ramifications of the disaster. The new aid brought to $55 million the amount of funds committed by Washington so far to flood relief efforts in Pakistan, along with US military helicopters that have been airlifting survivors trapped by the worst floods in 80 years.
China floods and landslides
A local flood victim holds his wife on a flooded street in Fuzhou, China, on June 23. A flood-threatened dyke in southern China suffered a fresh breach on Wednesday, after an earlier break in its wall forced nearly 100,000 residents to flee as heavy rains swelled rivers and dams across the region.
Hungary sludge flood
Tunde Erdelyi (l.) saves her cat while Janos Kis (r.) walks into their yard flooded by toxic mud in the town of Devecser, Hungary, on Oct. 5. Monday's flooding was caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary and has affected seven towns near the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant 100 miles southwest of the capital Budapest. The Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency in three counties in western Hungary due to the alumina sludge spill.