One of World’s Strongest Storms Slams Philippines
One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces. But the nation appeared to avoid a major disaster because the rapidly moving typhoon blew away before wreaking more damage, officials said.
Huge Typhoon Haiyan raced across a string of islands from east to west — Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Panay— and lashed beach communities. Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes.
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Indonesia’s Citarum River: one of world’s top 10 most polluted places
The effects of domestic and industrial waste from factories along the Citarum river near the Indonesian town of Majalaya have prompted two leading environmental groups, Green Cross of Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute, to name the river as one of the earth’s 10 most polluted places in their annual report. (Getty Images)