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Landslide evacuees flee the danger zone in Caracas, Venezuela

Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

A man carries a refrigerator while evacuating from a high-risk zone for landslides in the low-income sector of Tamanaquito in Caracas Nov. 30, 2010. A woman died during a landslide in the slum in the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday after heavy rains over the past few days, local media and rescue officials reported.

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A woman carries a lamp, rescued from the rubble of her house, in the Tamanaquito neighborhood of Caracas.

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A man pushes his belongings as he evacuates from his home in Caracas, Nov. 30, 2010. Flooding and landslides unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 30 people in Venezuela, forced thousands from their homes and idled an oil refinery.

I’m often fascinated by what people take when them when they have to quickly evacuate their homes. I’ve noticed similar scenes every summer when wild fires plague the western United States. What would you take if you had to leave your home in 15 minutes?

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