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AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

2024-06-15 00:07 Last Updated At:00:11

June 7-13, 2024

Within Bolivia, the world’s third-biggest producer of the coca leaf, and of cocaine, the ancient leaf has inspired spiritual rituals among Indigenous communities for generations — and more recently, among the well-heeled with a deluge of coca-related products.

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A migrant child runs through an area of the Peace Oasis of the Holy Spirit Amparito shelter where migrants are sleeping on the floor on mats, in Villahermosa, Mexico, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

June 7-13, 2024

People eat meals provided by the Red Solidaria organization at the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the house of government, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

People eat meals provided by the Red Solidaria organization at the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the house of government, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

England's Jofra Archer reacts to missing a chance to run out Australia's Travis Head during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

England's Jofra Archer reacts to missing a chance to run out Australia's Travis Head during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Anteaters play on the grounds of the non-profit wildlife park Selva Teneek where animals are being treated for heat stress amid a continuing heat wave and drought, in Ciudad Valles, Mexico, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mauricio Palos)

Anteaters play on the grounds of the non-profit wildlife park Selva Teneek where animals are being treated for heat stress amid a continuing heat wave and drought, in Ciudad Valles, Mexico, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mauricio Palos)

Teachers march to Congress to protest against a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers' strike in Bogota, Colombia, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Teachers march to Congress to protest against a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers' strike in Bogota, Colombia, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Russia's Kazan nuclear-powered submarine arrives at the port of Havana, Cuba, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)

Russia's Kazan nuclear-powered submarine arrives at the port of Havana, Cuba, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)

A vendor smiles while working at a legal coca leaf market in La Paz, Bolivia, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A vendor smiles while working at a legal coca leaf market in La Paz, Bolivia, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators perform the Levantine folk dance Dabke during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators perform the Levantine folk dance Dabke during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The family member of a prisoner on hunger strike chants during a demonstration against conditions in the jails and slow judicial procedures, as police form a cordon to keep the protesters from blocking Bolivar Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The family member of a prisoner on hunger strike chants during a demonstration against conditions in the jails and slow judicial procedures, as police form a cordon to keep the protesters from blocking Bolivar Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate key state overhaul and tax bills proposed by President Javier Miliei, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate key state overhaul and tax bills proposed by President Javier Miliei, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

People with umbrellas walk along a pedestrian walkway on a rainy day in Santiago, Chile, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Basualdo)

People with umbrellas walk along a pedestrian walkway on a rainy day in Santiago, Chile, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Basualdo)

A child rappels over a stretch of the Essequibo River, using the rope of a ship docked in Parika, Guyana, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A child rappels over a stretch of the Essequibo River, using the rope of a ship docked in Parika, Guyana, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Amid Mexico’s heat wave and drought, suffering birds are getting air-conditioning and monkeys with heatstroke are being rescued by non-governmental groups.

Argentine senators voted 37 to 36 to give their overall approval to an overhaul bill after hours of heated debate while protesters — urging lawmakers to reject President Javier Milei’s austerity plan — clashed with police outside Congress.

A fleet of Russian warships made up of a frigate, a nuclear-powered submarine, an oil tanker and a rescue tug, crossed into Havana Bay after drills in the Atlantic Ocean. The flagship frigate, adorned with the Russian and Cuban flags, was greeted by a 21-cannon salute.

This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The selection was curated by AP photo editor Anita Baca, based in Mexico City.

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A migrant child runs through an area of the Peace Oasis of the Holy Spirit Amparito shelter where migrants are sleeping on the floor on mats, in Villahermosa, Mexico, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

A migrant child runs through an area of the Peace Oasis of the Holy Spirit Amparito shelter where migrants are sleeping on the floor on mats, in Villahermosa, Mexico, June 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

People eat meals provided by the Red Solidaria organization at the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the house of government, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

People eat meals provided by the Red Solidaria organization at the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the house of government, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

England's Jofra Archer reacts to missing a chance to run out Australia's Travis Head during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

England's Jofra Archer reacts to missing a chance to run out Australia's Travis Head during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Anteaters play on the grounds of the non-profit wildlife park Selva Teneek where animals are being treated for heat stress amid a continuing heat wave and drought, in Ciudad Valles, Mexico, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mauricio Palos)

Anteaters play on the grounds of the non-profit wildlife park Selva Teneek where animals are being treated for heat stress amid a continuing heat wave and drought, in Ciudad Valles, Mexico, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mauricio Palos)

Teachers march to Congress to protest against a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers' strike in Bogota, Colombia, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Teachers march to Congress to protest against a government initiative for education reforms being considered by lawmakers, on the first day of a teachers' strike in Bogota, Colombia, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Russia's Kazan nuclear-powered submarine arrives at the port of Havana, Cuba, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)

Russia's Kazan nuclear-powered submarine arrives at the port of Havana, Cuba, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)

A vendor smiles while working at a legal coca leaf market in La Paz, Bolivia, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A vendor smiles while working at a legal coca leaf market in La Paz, Bolivia, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators perform the Levantine folk dance Dabke during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators perform the Levantine folk dance Dabke during a protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The family member of a prisoner on hunger strike chants during a demonstration against conditions in the jails and slow judicial procedures, as police form a cordon to keep the protesters from blocking Bolivar Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The family member of a prisoner on hunger strike chants during a demonstration against conditions in the jails and slow judicial procedures, as police form a cordon to keep the protesters from blocking Bolivar Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate key state overhaul and tax bills proposed by President Javier Miliei, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate key state overhaul and tax bills proposed by President Javier Miliei, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

People with umbrellas walk along a pedestrian walkway on a rainy day in Santiago, Chile, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Basualdo)

People with umbrellas walk along a pedestrian walkway on a rainy day in Santiago, Chile, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Matias Basualdo)

A child rappels over a stretch of the Essequibo River, using the rope of a ship docked in Parika, Guyana, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A child rappels over a stretch of the Essequibo River, using the rope of a ship docked in Parika, Guyana, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is seeking an assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked down bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid.

The flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Beryl happened a year after the state experienced catastrophic flooding that left some victims still awaiting home buyouts or repairs.

“We know this storm has done tremendous damage in many communities, and those impacted will need help to recover," Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement Saturday. “That’s why it’s so critical for Vermonters to report their damage to help us demonstrate the need for these federal resources.”

Two people were killed by the flooding, including a motorist in Lyndonville and a man who was riding an all-terrain vehicle in Peacham, authorities said.

Some of the hardest-hit riverside communities were Barre, Hardwick, Lyndonville, Moretown and Plainfield, but the estimated $15 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure was more widespread. Damage assessments will be done in eight of Vermont's 14 counties. A public assistance disaster declaration would provide 75% reimbursement to communities for responding to and repairing public infrastructure damaged by the storm, the governor said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency must verify at least $1.1 million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs for the state to qualify for a major disaster declaration, according to Scott. For counties to qualify, they must show damages of $4.60 per capita, Scott's office said.

An individual assistance declaration would give some financial assistance to homeowners and renters for property losses, the governor said. They are encouraged to report property losses by calling 211 or visiting www.vermont211.org.

Even though Vermont is an inland state, it's suffered damage from tropical storm systems. In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene dumped 11 inches (28 centimeters) of rain on parts of the state in 24 hours. The storm killed six in the state, washed homes off their foundations and damaged or destroyed more than 200 bridges and 500 miles (800 kilometers) of highway.

In May, Vermont became the first state to enact a law requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a share of the damage caused by extreme weather fanned by climate change. But officials acknowledged last week that collecting any money will depend on litigation against a much-better-resourced oil industry.

Signs are displayed outside the town hall, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt., a community that had some of the worst damage in last week's flooding. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Signs are displayed outside the town hall, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt., a community that had some of the worst damage in last week's flooding. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

FILE - The remains of an eight unit apartment building that locals call the Heartbreak Hotel are in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 12, 2024, after flood waters and debris caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl pulled several of the apartments into the Great Brook waterway. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)

FILE - The remains of an eight unit apartment building that locals call the Heartbreak Hotel are in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 12, 2024, after flood waters and debris caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl pulled several of the apartments into the Great Brook waterway. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)

FILE - An overwhelmed residents surveys the damage following flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, July 11, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Dmitry Belyakov, file)

FILE - An overwhelmed residents surveys the damage following flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, July 11, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Dmitry Belyakov, file)

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