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May 2018 Current Events: Disaster News

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for May 2018:

  1. Storms Hit India
  2. Hawaii Hit by Earthquake
  3. Tinder Fire in Arizona
  4. Landslides in Rwanda
  5. 5 Earthquakes Hit California
  6. Indonesia Evacuates Residents and Shutdown Airport
  7. Trump Declares Major Disaster in Hawaii
  8. Kenya Dam Bursts
  9. 34 Die in Afghanistan Flash Floods
  10. Red Alert on Hawaii
  11. Powerful Storms Kill 5 in Northeast
  12. Colombia Evacuates Nearly 5,000
  13. Heatwave in Pakistan
  14. Lava Spews from Kilauea Volcano
  15. Storms in Somaliland
  16. Cyclone in Oman
  17. Storm Alberto Heads South
  18. Flash Flood in Maryland
  19. Storm Alberto Kills 2
  20. 48 Dead in India Showers
  21. Six More People Die in Storm Alberto

Storms Hit India

Storms in India

On May 3, hail and rain in India knocked down trees and power poles, killing at least 78 people. The storms had unusually high wind speeds, according to officials. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Anupam Nath

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Hawaii Hit by Earthquake

Hawaii Volcano and Earthquake

On May 4, Hawaii was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake as residents were evacuating from the volcanic explosions. The disasters are expected to continue. (CNN) 

Photo Source: U.S. Geological Survey via AP

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Tinder Fire in Arizona

Fire in Arizona

On May 6, a tinder fire in Arizona continued to blaze, destroying 33 homes. The fire was started by an abandon illegal campfire. The governor has declared a state of emergency in response to the fire. (CNN)

Photo Source: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management via AP

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Landslides in Rwanda

On May 7, it was announced that 18 more people have died due to landslides in Rwanda. These deaths bring the death toll to 200 since January. (Reuters)

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5 Earthquakes Hit California

On May 8, 5 earthquakes hit California towns, each less than a magnitude of 4.5. Minor damage has been reported, but no injuries or deaths. (CNN)

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Indonesia Evacuates Residents and Shutdown Airport

Indonesia Volcano

On May 11, Indonesia evacuated Java residents and shutdown an airport after a volcano erupted. The Mount Merapi volcano is known to have serious eruptions, but no people have been reported as injured thus far. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Muhammad Amin

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Trump Declares Major Disaster in Hawaii

Hawaii

On May 12, President Trump declared major disaster in Hawaii after volcanic eruptions created toxic fumes. This declaration allows for federal funding and assistance to be sent to the state. (CNN)

Photo Source: Hawi'i County Fire Department via AP

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Kenya Dam Bursts

Kenya

On May 13, it was announced that 45 people have died after a dam burst in Kenya two days earlier. The burst was due to weeks of torrential rain, and 40 people remain missing. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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34 Die in Afghanistan Flash Floods

Afghanistan Flash Flood

On May 15, flash floods in Afghanistan killed 34 people. The flooding was caused by ongoing heavy rain over the past week. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

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Red Alert on Hawaii

Red Alert

On May 15, after ash from the Kilauea volcano rose 12,000, officials warned residents to stay away from Hawaii’s Big Island. As conditions on the island worsened, the US Geological Survey issued a red alert, which means another eruption is expected. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

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Powerful Storms Kill 5 in Northeast

Northeast Storm

On May 15 storms ravages the Northeast, causing a risk on flooding on May 16. The storms killed five people and left thousands without power. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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Colombia Evacuates Nearly 5,000

On May 17, Colombia ordered 5,000 people living near the Cauca river to evacuate. The evacuation was caused by fear that a hydroelectric dam will burst and cause major flooding. (Reuters)

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Heatwave in Pakistan

Pakistan Heatwave

On May 21, a heatwave in Pakistan killed 65 people over the past three days. The temperatures are expected to continue, and authorities fear the death toll will rise. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

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Lava Spews from Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea Volcano

On May 23, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to erupt, spewing lava from cracks in the road. So far, it looks like the ending of the eruptions is not near. (CNN)

Photo Source: Grace Simoneau/FEMA via AP

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Storms in Somaliland

Somaliland Floods

On May 23, more than 5- people died in Somaliland after heavy rains and floods destroyed farms and livestock. The storm was caused by a tropical cyclone, and the death toll continues to rise. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

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Cyclone in Oman

Oman Cyclone

On May 26, two people were killed and another three missing after Cyclone Mekunu hit Oman. The same cyclone left seven people dead after hitting Socotra. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

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Storm Alberto Heads South

Storm Alberto

On May 27, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi prepared for states of emergency as Storm Alberto heads towards them. Storm Alberto is expected to bring floods as a result of heavy rainfall. (CNN)

Photo Source: NOAA via AP

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Flash Flood in Maryland

Flash Flood

On May 28, Ellicott City, Maryland declared a state of emergency after a flash flood swept through the city. One person has been reported missing, but no fatalities have been reported thus far. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Courtney Columbus

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Storm Alberto Kills 2

Storm Alberto

On May 29, Storm Alberto showered Florida and North Carolina with rain. The rain in North Carolina killed two reporters covering the storm. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

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48 Dead in India Showers

India Storm

On May 29, pre-monsoon thunderstorms occurred in northern India, killing at least 48 people. The situation has been labeled “critical” as hospitals fill with injured people. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/R.S. Iyer

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Six More People Die in Storm Alberto

Storm Alberto

On May 31, it was announced that the bodies of two missing people were found in North Carolina. Another four people died as flooding continued in Cuba. These deaths bring the toll from storm Alberto to 8. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

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