Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Jun 7, 2008

Pictures of the Day, June 6

Residents of Anchang, in China’s Sichuan Province, watched raging waters from the river bank as flood warnings were heightened in the area hit by a major earthquake last month. Heavy rains descended on northern Sichuan Province for the first time in a week, prompting the government to evacuate people from towns already heavily damaged by the earthquake.Photo: Shiho Fukada
People watched the current of the river in Anchang from a bus. The threat of flooding comes from more than 30 so-called quake lakes, formed when landslides blocked rivers. If those natural dams give way, the water would engulf vast areas downstream, endangering millions of people.Photo: Shiho Fukada
A survivor of the May 12 earthquake in southwestern China, ate lunch in an emergency hospital set up on a tennis court in Mianzhu, in Sichuan Province.Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters
Refugees from Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta on May 5, waited in Labutta to board boats to carry them back to their devastated villages.Khin Maung Win/Agence France-Presse
Palestinian police loyal to Hamas prevented the group’s supporters from reaching the Egyptian border during a demonstration against the blockade of Gaza. Thousands of Palestinians called for an end to the blockade of Gaza and asked Egypt to open its border with Gaza at the Rafah-Egypt Crossing.Photo: Abid Katib/Getty Images
On the other side of the border in Sderot, Israel, a truck was damaged by shrapnel from a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from northern Gaza. The car was parked in a lot of Sapir College when the rocket exploded nearby.Photo: Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency
A Hamas police officer stood on the rim of a crater formed by an explosion from an early morning Israeli air raid that destroyed a police station in the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya. At least 10 Palestinians were wounded in the air raid, Palestinian medics said.Photo: Marco Longari/Agence France-Presse
A bomb ripped through a crowded passenger bus near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s during the morning rush hour, killing at least 23 people and wounding a 67, officials said. Medical staff covered the bodies of some of the victims brought to a hospital in Kalubowila, a town near Colombo.Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press
Relatives of victims of a bus explosion arrived to identify bodies at the hospital in Kalubowila. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels did not comment on the attacks, but if they are responsible it would indicate an ability to strike deep inside government territory despite a maze of security checkpoints around the capital, Colombo, and its suburbs.Photo: Reuters
In another day of demonstrations in South Korea over the import of beef from the United States, protesters pushed a police bus that was being used to block them from marching on the road leading to the United States Embassy and the presidential Blue House in Seoul during a candlelight vigil. Hundreds of thousands of people fearing mad cow disease participated in the protest. They demanded a renegotiation of the beef deal with the United States and the resignation of President Lee Myung-bak.Photo: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
Driving his tractor into a shallow section of the Tawi River in Jammu, in Kashmir, a worker loaded sand from the riverbed onto his tractor.Photo: Amit Gupta/Reuters
At Ladies Day at the Epsom, England horse races, a woman sported an electric blue hat for The Derby Festival.Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Big Brown was given his post-workout bath the day before he will attempt to win the Belmont Stakes and complete horse racing’s Triple Crown. If he wins, he will be the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years when Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.Photo: Julie Jacobson/Associated Press
Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their semifinal match of the French Open in Paris. Nadal won 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (3) and still has not dropped a set in the tournament.Photo: Christophe Karaba/European Pressphoto Agency

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