'Unbelievable' natural disasters engulf the world

Greece, California, Colombia etc are some of the worst affected countries this month.

California: On wildfire

A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were among six people killed when a wildfire engulfed entire communities in northern California, officials and family members said.

Authorities are still looking for seven people after finding nine others who had been reported missing, Bosenko said.

More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around Redding, a city of 90,000 people about 160 miles (260 km) north of the state capital, Sacramento.


Colombia: Badly destroyed

Torrential rains in northern Colombia on July 29 caused two water pipes to burst flooding dozens of homes in the town of Caucasia in Antioquia province. Local television footage showed the water level exceeding one metre in height in some areas.


Greece: Blame game

Mourners gathered in a church in the Greek coastal town of Mati on Sunday where they wept and lit candles in memory of those killed when a massive wildfire swept through the popular resort near Athens earlier this week.

Rescue crews are still looking for survivors of the blaze which began july 23rd in Mati, 30 km (17 miles) east of Athens, as the death toll rose to at least 91 with dozens more injured.


Myanmar: Heavy monsoon

Some 50,000 people in Myanmar were evacuated from their homes after days of heavy monsoon rains left villages inundated and swept away bridges, while authorities scrambled to deliver aid to the affected regions, authorities and media said on July 29.


Laos: Dam burst

The Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company, a hydropower project that involves Laotian, Thai and South Korean firms, on Monday told local officials in a letter written in English that one of its subsidiary dams was "unsafety" and had started to overflow, and requested that they inform downstream villages.

The unstoppable force of the water released from the dam devastated the meagre road between Khokong and its nearest big town, Attapeu, complicating rescue efforts to bring food and water across dangerous, muddied, roads and the search for trapped survivors.