Heavy rain this winter has caused flooding and mudslides, displacing half a million people. Many parts of the country are now under a state of emergency. Rescuers are using pulleys to help many to safety over the raging muddy torrents.
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm as it made landfall in the Caribbean islands and threatens Florida and Puerto Rico. It is the second powerful hurricane to threaten the US in two weeks.
Sierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help after torrential rain triggered massive mudslides in the capital, Freetown. Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies.
Lima is still reeling from the flooding and mudslides that have left Peru's capital in a state of emergency. With more rain predicted, the situation is becoming increasingly desperate as Jurriaan van Eerten reports.
A mudslide devastated the capital, Freetown, three weeks ago. Life is slowly returning to normal, but residents of the areas most affected are still coming to terms with what happened, as Olivia Acland reports.
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