Disaster planning and response

Villagers take refuge at a shelter in Paksong town, Champasak province, Laos on Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018. Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
July 25, 2018 - 7:25 am
PAKSE, Laos (AP) — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. More than 6,000 people lost their homes when the dam gave way on Monday, flooding...
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A man stands next to his burned house and car as he speaks on his cellphone in Mati, east of Athens, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Rescue crews were searching through charred homes and cars for the missing after wildfires decimated seaside areas near the Greek capital, killing at least 74 people and sending thousands fleeing. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 25, 2018 - 4:27 am
MATI, Greece (AP) — Rescue crews were searching Wednesday through charred homes and cars for those still missing after the deadliest wildfires to hit Greece in decades decimated seaside areas near Athens, killing at least 79 people and sending thousands fleeing. There was no official indication as...
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Burned-out cars stand outside an apartment block in Mati east of Athens, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Twin wildfires raging through popular seaside areas near the Greek capital have torched homes, cars and forests and killed at least 49 people, authorities said Tuesday, raising the death toll after rescue crews reported finding the bodies of more than 20 people huddled together near a beach. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 24, 2018 - 4:59 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on wildfires raging in Greece (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Greece's public order minister says Italy is dispatching two Canadair firefighting planes and Romania is sending a third aircraft to help combat wildfires near the Greek capital that have claimed the lives...
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Australian members of the Thai cave rescue team, Craig Challen, left, and Dr. Richard Harris, center, stand with Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at a function at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Harris and his dive buddy Challen were awarded the Star of Courage, the second highest civilian bravery decoration in the Australian honors system after the Cross of Valor, Cosgrave said in a statement. (Sean Davey/AAP Image via AP)
July 24, 2018 - 3:54 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A doctor awarded an Australian bravery medal for his pivotal work in the Thai cave rescue said he was most frightened by not knowing how much sedation to give to the weakened children. Nine Australians involved in rescuing 12 boys and their 25 -year-old soccer coach were...
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A plume of smoke turns large parts of the sky orange, with the ancient Acropolis hill at centre, as a forest fire burns in a mountainous area west of Athens, sending nearby residents fleeing, Monday, July 23, 2018. The fire department said five water-dropping planes and two helicopters were battling the blaze Monday in the Geraneia mountains near the seaside settlement of Kineta between Athens and Corinth, along with 30 firetrucks and 70 firefighters. (AP Photo/Theodora Tongas)
July 23, 2018 - 7:59 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on forest fires in Greece (all times local): 2:55 a.m. A spokesman for the Greek government says the death toll from two big wildfires raging on the outskirts of Athens has risen to at least 20. Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said early Tuesday that at least 69 other people...
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A firefighter sprays water on the fire in the town of Mati, east of Athens, Monday, July 23, 2018. Regional authorities have declared a state of emergency in the eastern and western parts of the greater Athens area as fires fanned by gale-force winds raged through pine forests and seaside settlements on either side of the Greek capital. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 23, 2018 - 6:28 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two major forest fires raged out of control on either side of Greece's capital Monday, leaving at least three people dead, injuring dozens, burning houses and sending people fleeing to beaches and into the sea, where coast guard boats battled gale force winds to evacuate them...
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