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As Sandy pummels the United States, the Pacific typhoon season has been well underway on the other side of the world, resulting in some 500 deaths and $3.36 billion in total damages in Asia. Take a look at the five storms that you may have missed:

1. Typhoon Khanun
In mid-July, Typhoon Khanun swept over the Korean peninsula, killing 89 and causing $11.4 million in damages. Flooding left 63,000 homeless in North Korea, according to state news agencies.


2. Typhoon Saola and Typhoon Damrey
In early August, eastern China was staring down two powerful typhoons that caused 96 deaths and more than $700 million in damages.


3. Typhoon Haikui
Soon after Saola and Damrey, Typhoon Haikui came hurtling towards Shanghai, with winds exceeding 150kmh. Coastal infrastructure was decimated and 105 people died.


4.Typhoon Tembin and Typhoon Bolaven
In late August, Typhoon Tembin and Typhoon Bolaven ravaged the Pacific Asian nations with Bolaven killing 88 people, around 50 of which were in North Korea.


5. Typhoon Son-Thin
The worst may still not be over. At the time of Sandy, Typhoon Son-Thin was hurtling its way across the Philippine islands and headed towards Vietnam and China's southern coast, leaving 32 deaths in its wake. The typhoon has left thousands stranded.

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Missiles And Euphoria: The Folly Of War On Full Display In Kharkiv

As Ukraine's counter-offensive gathers steam, the city of Kharkiv is targeted by Putin's forces. Here's a view from up close, during heavy shelling that has sparked power and water outrages, even as the liberation of territory sets off scenes of joy and elation.

Russian shelling destroyed a residential building in Kharkiv in early September 2022.

Ivanna Skyba-Yakubova

KHARKIV — For several years, a woman has been sitting on the corner of my street selling flowers almost every day. On Sep. 9, our neighborhood was shelled for the first time – and have no doubt that an hour and a half after the missile hit our street, she was sitting right there in her usual place. People were cleaning up broken glass and cutting tree branches 50 meters from her. Some came to buy flowers.

In some way, this is all you need to know about life right now in Kharkiv.

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We are hostages of geography: the time it takes for the missile to reach Kharkiv from Belgorod, Russia, as air defense officers tell us, is 43 seconds. None of our existing defense systems are able to prevent their arrival in our neighborhood.

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