Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.
Firefighters struggled for a second night on Monday to contain blazes that have killed 12 people, injured 500, destroyed 2,000 homes and forced 10,000 people to flee the densely populated hills that gave this Chilean port city its unique beauty.
Lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across southeast Australia overnight, officials said on Wednesday, as firefighters battled to put out the flames and the country sweltered under a heatwave.
About 250 families had to abandon their homes due to a fire of unknown origin that spread Tuesday across several city blocks in Paraisopolis, a shantytown here in Brazil`s largest city, authorities said.
Firefighters in Australia took advantage of lighter winds on Friday to get on top of a nine-day bushfire emergency as officials said the military could be liable for compensation after starting one of the worst blazes.