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Thursday, June 24, 1999 Published at 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK


Picture gallery: 1998's worst disasters

Natural disasters created more refugees than wars or other armed conflicts last year, according to a new report. BBC News Online brings you the pictures of some of the worst disasters that wreaked havoc around the world.

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Floods in China: A national emergency was called after record-breaking floods in China; the rains caused widespread misery in much of southeast Asia.

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Heavy monsoons in India: 1998's devastating monsoons across India and Nepal have been linked to storms known as twin cyclones.

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Cyclones in Bangladesh: 10 million Bangladeshi flood victims needed food and medical help.

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Hurricane Mitch hits Central America: Hurricane Mitch, one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history, left a trail of devastation across Central America.

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Nine typhoons in the Philippines: Typhoons Zeb and Babs were among the winds that hit the Philippines in 1998.

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