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Floods in Latin America

<p>Residents swim from their house while water levels continue to rise in the area of the district of Yaviza in Darien province December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

Residents swim from their house while water levels continue to rise in the area of the district of Yaviza in Darien province December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

Residents swim from their house while water levels continue to rise in the area of the district of Yaviza in Darien province December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>A flood victim is carried by paramedics to a hospital in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

A flood victim is carried by paramedics to a hospital in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

A flood victim is carried by paramedics to a hospital in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>A view of the Bayano Dam releasing water into a river in the district of Chepo in Panama City, December 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

A view of the Bayano Dam releasing water into a river in the district of Chepo in Panama City, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

A view of the Bayano Dam releasing water into a river in the district of Chepo in Panama City, December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>A man removes water from a boat in a flooded street in the town of La Victoria in Valle del Cauca province December 15, 2010.    REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez  </p>

A man removes water from a boat in a flooded street in the town of La Victoria in Valle del Cauca province December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

A man removes water from a boat in a flooded street in the town of La Victoria in Valle del Cauca province December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

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<p>Police officers hold unto fuel tanks after refueling a helicopter taking goods to flood victims in Chepo, Panama City, December 13, 2010.   REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

Police officers hold unto fuel tanks after refueling a helicopter taking goods to flood victims in Chepo, Panama City, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

Police officers hold unto fuel tanks after refueling a helicopter taking goods to flood victims in Chepo, Panama City, December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>Residents wait for a boat at bus stop in the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

Residents wait for a boat at bus stop in the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

Residents wait for a boat at bus stop in the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>A general view of the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe </p>

A general view of the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

A general view of the flooded district of Yaviza in Darien province, Panama December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>A flood survivor sleeps at a shelter in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 9, 2010. More than 12 people died in different areas of Panama after floods caused by three days of rain, local media and rescue workers reported. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe</p>

A flood survivor sleeps at a shelter in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 9, 2010. More than 12 people died in different areas of Panama after floods caused by three days of rain, local media and rescue workers reported. REUTERS/Alberto...more

A flood survivor sleeps at a shelter in the district of Chepo in Panama City December 9, 2010. More than 12 people died in different areas of Panama after floods caused by three days of rain, local media and rescue workers reported. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe

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<p>Young flood victims play among temporary shelters in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a refuge, in Caracas, Venezuela December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Young flood victims play among temporary shelters in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a refuge, in Caracas, Venezuela December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Young flood victims play among temporary shelters in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a refuge, in Caracas, Venezuela December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A flood victim rests in a temporary shelter in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base in Caracas December 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A flood victim rests in a temporary shelter in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base in Caracas December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A flood victim rests in a temporary shelter in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base in Caracas December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A victim of a landslide sits near the remains of a house in Bello December 6, 2010.    REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera   </p>

A victim of a landslide sits near the remains of a house in Bello December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

A victim of a landslide sits near the remains of a house in Bello December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

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<p>Young flood victims play pool in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a temporary refuge, in Caracas December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

Young flood victims play pool in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a temporary refuge, in Caracas December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Young flood victims play pool in the facilities of the Fuerte Tiuna military base, used as a temporary refuge, in Caracas December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez watches through the door of a helicopter during a visit to the flooded areas on the south side of Maracaibo's lake in Maracaibo December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout </p>

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez watches through the door of a helicopter during a visit to the flooded areas on the south side of Maracaibo's lake in Maracaibo December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez watches through the door of a helicopter during a visit to the flooded areas on the south side of Maracaibo's lake in Maracaibo December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

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<p>Police officers and soldiers assist during rescue operations after a landslide in Bello, Colombia December 6, 2010.   REUTERS/Fredy Builes    </p>

Police officers and soldiers assist during rescue operations after a landslide in Bello, Colombia December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

Police officers and soldiers assist during rescue operations after a landslide in Bello, Colombia December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

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<p>People evacuate after the flooding of a river in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

People evacuate after the flooding of a river in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People evacuate after the flooding of a river in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A child cries as he receives treatment in the emergency room of a hospital in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A child cries as he receives treatment in the emergency room of a hospital in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A child cries as he receives treatment in the emergency room of a hospital in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>An aerial view shows floodwaters in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas, December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout </p>

An aerial view shows floodwaters in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas, December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

An aerial view shows floodwaters in Higuerote, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Caracas, December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

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<p>Flood victims watch television in a temporary shelter in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

Flood victims watch television in a temporary shelter in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Flood victims watch television in a temporary shelter in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A man looks at a destroyed house in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A man looks at a destroyed house in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man looks at a destroyed house in the low-income neighborhood of Catia in Caracas December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A man walks in the flooded streets in Barlovento in the state of Miranda outside Caracas December 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout </p>

A man walks in the flooded streets in Barlovento in the state of Miranda outside Caracas December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

A man walks in the flooded streets in Barlovento in the state of Miranda outside Caracas December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government/Handout

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<p>A man covered with a plastic bag walks under the rain in Caracas November 30, 2010.   REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A man covered with a plastic bag walks under the rain in Caracas November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man covered with a plastic bag walks under the rain in Caracas November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>People leave their home (top in blue) moments before it collapses from the flooding of a creek in the low-income neighborhood of Blandin in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

People leave their home (top in blue) moments before it collapses from the flooding of a creek in the low-income neighborhood of Blandin in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

People leave their home (top in blue) moments before it collapses from the flooding of a creek in the low-income neighborhood of Blandin in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A man puts his hand on a crack in the wall as he inspects his partially collapsed house before going to a homeless center in the low-income neighborhood of Gramoven in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins</p>

A man puts his hand on a crack in the wall as he inspects his partially collapsed house before going to a homeless center in the low-income neighborhood of Gramoven in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man puts his hand on a crack in the wall as he inspects his partially collapsed house before going to a homeless center in the low-income neighborhood of Gramoven in Caracas November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>A man carries a refrigerator while evacuating from a high-risk zone for landslides in the low-income sector of Tamanaquito in Caracas November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins </p>

A man carries a refrigerator while evacuating from a high-risk zone for landslides in the low-income sector of Tamanaquito in Caracas November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man carries a refrigerator while evacuating from a high-risk zone for landslides in the low-income sector of Tamanaquito in Caracas November 30, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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<p>An aerial view shows horses at a flooded area in Bogota, Colombia November 19, 2010. 
 REUTERS / Fredy Builes </p>

An aerial view shows horses at a flooded area in Bogota, Colombia November 19, 2010. REUTERS / Fredy Builes

An aerial view shows horses at a flooded area in Bogota, Colombia November 19, 2010. REUTERS / Fredy Builes

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<p>Residents use a canoe to navigate through a flooded street in Bolombolo, Antioquia province, Colombia November 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera  </p>

Residents use a canoe to navigate through a flooded street in Bolombolo, Antioquia province, Colombia November 20, 2010. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

Residents use a canoe to navigate through a flooded street in Bolombolo, Antioquia province, Colombia November 20, 2010. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

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<p>People carry rescued items on a flooded street in municipality of Yumbo, deparment of Valle del Cauca, Colombia November 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga  </p>

People carry rescued items on a flooded street in municipality of Yumbo, deparment of Valle del Cauca, Colombia November 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

People carry rescued items on a flooded street in municipality of Yumbo, deparment of Valle del Cauca, Colombia November 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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<p>A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota November 18, 2010.   REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez  </p>

A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

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<p>Rescue workers help to transport horses at a flooded area in San Francisco province in Bogota November 19, 2010.   REUTERS/John Vizcaino  </p>

Rescue workers help to transport horses at a flooded area in San Francisco province in Bogota November 19, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Rescue workers help to transport horses at a flooded area in San Francisco province in Bogota November 19, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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