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Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

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BADLY-NEEDED HELP. Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a landmark 6-month deal reached in September for an end to hostilities in those areas in exchange for humanitarian assistance. Photo by stringer/AFP
Residents of Madaya, Syria say they have no food, no water, and no electricity

MADAYA, Syria (Jan. 12, 2016) — The first trucks of aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, January 11, where more than two dozen people have reportedly starved to death, as the UN called for hundreds to be evacuated for medical treatment.

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Aid heads for starving Syrian town Madaya

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WAITING. Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya. Photo by Marwan Ibrahim/AFP
The delivery will happen simultaneously with aid entering two government-held towns under rebel siege in the northwest of the country

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 11, 2016) — Dozens of aid trucks headed on Monday to the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death.

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Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

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A handout frame grab taken from a video footage made available by the Western Australia (WA)’s Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) on January 11, 2016 shows a general view of bushfires affecting the Shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia, Australia, January 9, 2016. Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife/EPA
The fire, one of the worst to hit the region in recent years, destroyed 143 properties

PERTH, Australia (Jan. 11, 2016) — Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday, January 11, helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

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Over 160,000 flee worst floods in 50 years

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Authorities estimated that it could take months for some affected areas to recover from the floods [AP]
Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia have been battered by heavy rains blamed on the El Niño phenomenon.

January 1, 2016 — More than 160,000 people have been displaced over the past several days by the heaviest floods to hit South America in 50 years.

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Yolanda rehab – Only 30% complete as 2016 begins

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MORE TO DO. The Philippine government still has tons to accomplish, two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the country in 2013. File photo by Rappler
The Philippines targets to ‘complete most of the ongoing projects by 2016,’ or 3 years after Yolanda hit the country

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 31, 2015) — Two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, the Philippine government said it has completed only 30.3% of projects and activities to rebuild affected communities.

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