Firefighter Mandy Drake clears a storm drain in front of the fire department in Waterbury, Vt., in the wake of tropical storm Irene on Aug. 29. The building was evacuated as high water from the Winooski River flooded downtown. Almost 50,000 Vermont utility customers were without power, hundreds of roads were closed, and a number of bridges were destroyed by the flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press/AP
Jean Maynes, business manager of the Vermont Standard, walks through several inches of river silt and debris in what used to be her newsroom in Woodstock, Vt., on Aug. 29. Flooding caused by tropical storm Irene killed at least three people. Polina Yamshchikov/Valley News/AP
The Winooski River flows over Winooski Street in Waterbury, Vt., in the wake of tropical storm Irene on Aug. 29. Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press/AP
Rescue personnel bring stranded residents to shore in Montpelier, Vt., on Aug. 28. Ten people were trapped by rising waters due to flash flooding caused by tropical storm Irene. All were rescued. Toby Talbot/AP
Andrew Kimbell (c.) hoses off a silt-covered crate as a Bobcat tosses sodden produce into a dumpster at the farmer's market in Woodstock, Vt., on Aug. 29. Floodwater from the Ottauquechee River inundated the market during tropical storm Irene, ruining most of the food. Polina Yamshchikov/Valley News/AP
Lindsey Jones and her dog make their way down floodwater-damaged Rte. 4 in Woodstock, Vt., on Aug. 29. Ms. Jones, who is from Virginia, has been hiking the Appalachian trail for two months and took shelter with an acquaintance in White River Junction, Vt. yesterday. She says it will take her two days to return to the trailhead due to mass road closures across the state of Vermont. Polina Yamshchikov/Valley News/AP
North Main Street in Waterbury, Vt., is under water in the wake of tropical storm Irene on Monday, Aug. 29. Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press/AP
Cars in the parking lot at the bottom of Canal St. are submerged nearly to their windows by the flooding Whetstone Brook in Brattleboro, Vt., on Aug. 28. The remnants of hurricane Irene dumped torrential rains on Vermont, flooding rivers and closing roads from Massachusetts to the Canadian border. Chris Bertelsen/The Brattleboro Reformer/AP
Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette looks at a collapsed bridge on Route 9 in Woodford, Vt., on Aug. 28. Austen Danforth/Bennington Banner/AP
A footbridge is washed away by flood waters from tropical storm Irene at Mt. Anthony Country club in Bennington, Vt., on Aug. 28. Bill Deery/AP
Derrick Arbuckle watches from the top of a parking garage as the Whetstone Brook floods downtown Brattleboro, Vt., on Aug. 28. Chris Bertelsen/The Brattleboro Reformer/AP
Many worry a new EU mission – which replaces a larger Italian effort patrolling for refugees traveling from North Africa to Europe – means more migrants will die. This year, more than 3,000 people have perished – five times as many as in 2013.
They are packed into the stinking holds of ramshackle boats. Water and food are scarce, and they are beaten by ruthless smugglers if they dare to try to reach the deck for a lungful of air. The more truculent have at times simply been thrown overboard.