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26 Photos That Show The Natural Disasters Humanity Faced In 2017

Hurricanes, wildfires and floods wrecked havoc.

28/12/2017 9:40 AM AEDT | Updated 28/12/2017 5:33 PM AEDT
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For those in the United States, 2017 will probably always be associated with the record hurricanes that caused widespread damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In California, raging wildfires destroyed thousands of structures.

But around the world, millions faced other natural disasters as well, including volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and massive flooding in Peru.

Scroll down to see photos of these events from across the globe last year:

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    Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2017.
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    A firefighter tackles a wildfire close to the village of Pucarica in Portugal on Aug. 10, 2017.
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    People leave San Ramon in a car taking their horse by the reins after a forest fire devastated the nearby town of Santa Olga, 240 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 26, 2017.
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    The Sinabung volcano spews molten lava during an eruption in Indonesia on Oct. 14, 2017.
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    A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
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    Residents of the Huachipa populous district, east of Lima, Peru, are helped on March 17, 2017, by police and firemen rescue teams to cross over flash floods hitting their neighborhood and isolating its residents.
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    Wildfires burn along the Twelve Apostles area of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 13, 2017.
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    A firefighter views a collapsed coastal house after Hurricane Irma passed the area in Vilano Beach, Florida, on Sept. 11, 2017.
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    An aerial view shows burned properties in Santa Rosa, California, on Oct. 12, 2017.
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    An aerial view of a flooded area in Asakura City in Japan on July 6, 2017.
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    Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Bouca, in central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.
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    A wave breaks against a pier and a lighthouse as storm Ana smashes into Cassis, France, on Dec. 11, 2017.
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    A view from Colima State, Mexico, shows the Volcano of Fire in eruption on Jan. 19, 2017.
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    Indonesian rescuers search for survivors after a wall of mud slammed onto houses on a hillside after heavy rainfall on April 2, 2017.
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    Soldiers stand guard near the Sensacion hotel, which collapsed when a powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Sept. 8, 2017.
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    Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile. 
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    A boy walks towards a stranded boat in San Juan del Sur beach following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate in Nicaragua on Oct. 6, 2017.
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    A firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on Oct. 9, 2017.
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    A man runs as a big wave hits the pier of the port of A Guarda in northwestern Spain during a storm on Feb. 2, 2017.
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    The Oroville Dam spillway releases 100,000 cubic feet of water per second down the main spillway in Oroville, California, on Feb. 13, 2017.
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    Indian villagers travel by boat through floodwaters on July 4, 2017.
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    Heavy rains caused mudslides, which created extensive damage in Mocoa, Colombia, on April 3, 2017.
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    Bystanders look on as floodwaters rage past a damaged building in an area of Freetown on Aug. 14, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone.
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    Experts inspect the cut-off section of the A20 motorway at the site of an unexplained landslide near Tribsees in northern Germany on Oct. 10, 2017.
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    A man helps evacuate a woman from a flooded street in Mandra, northwest of Athens, Greece, on Nov. 16, 2017.
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    Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway during a wildfire near Ventura, California, on Dec. 6, 2017.
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