Over the past few months, the United States, Mexico and nearby Caribbean islands have suffered major natural disasters.

The recent fires in Northern California have killed 23 people with at least 285 people still missing, according to CNN. Nearly 170,000 acres have been burned through the state.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria all made landfall as Category 4 hurricanes. Harvey possibly caused over $190 billion in damages, according to ABC News. Harvey also killed 82 people, as reported by the The Washington Post.

As reported by ABC News, Irma caused around $100 billion in damages, killed 75 people in Florida and ravaged islands in the Caribbean.

Damaged homes sit in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Key West, Florida. | Chris O’Meara, AP

“For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished,” Ronald Sanders told USA Today after Hurricane Irma hit.

Hurricane Maria then struck, causing devastation on the islands right on the heels of Irma. The combination of the destructive force of the hurricanes left the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico without power.

There was also a 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City, which killed over 200 people and damaged over 2.3 million homes. And that was after the 8.1 earthquake in southern Mexico that left dozens dead. A 6.1 earthquake followed on the heels of the 8.1 earthquake in the same area.

Though there has been incredible damage and loss of life, there has also been light amidst the darkness. Collected here are a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

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