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Mother Nature Playing an ‘Evil Hand’ of Global Natural Disaster

Floods have killed thousands in Asia and left millions homeless from Pakistan to North Korea, while fires and drought in Russia have roiled global markets and a tropical storm bears down on Bermuda.

Asian devastation may stretch aid efforts as crops are destroyed at a time of soaring wheat prices, caused in part by Russia’s decision to ban grain exports through Dec. 31. Raw-sugar futures also rose in New York on speculation that Russia may import more to offset drought losses.