People carry their belongings after heavy flooding destroyed their homes in Nowshera, Pakistan, on Monday. The government has deployed thousands of soldiers and civilian rescue workers to save an estimated 28,000 people trapped by the floodwaters, and to distribute food and collect the bodies of the victims. Mohammad Sajjad/AP
An oiled crab walks along absorbent boom floating near a 20-yard patch of oiled roseau cane reeds near the South Pass of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La., on Sunday. Patrick Semansky/AP/Pool
Students dressed as gladiators fight in the historic Roman amphitheatre in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, about 28 miles east of Vienna, on Monday. The students of Regensburg University are taking part in a two-week-long experiment where they live through the daily routines of gladiators in ancient Rome. Lisi Niesner/Reuters
A man watches runners compete during the Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany, August 2. The event aims to promote self-confidence of homosexual communities around the world, the organizer said on its website. Thomas Peter/Reuters
This photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with Earth's horizon as a backdrop. Several power systems have been shut down aboard the International Space Station after a cooling system malfunctioned. NASA says in a posting on its website that one of two cooling loops aboard the space station was shut down July 31. A module that pumps ammonia coolant to prevent equipment from overheating was still shut down early Sunday. NASA/AP
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols a deserted street in Srinagar, India, on Monday. Government troops fired at thousands of people protesting Indian rule over the country's portion of Kashmir on Monday, killing some and injuring more as the wave of violence that has swept through the region continued unabated. Mukhtar Khan/AP
A man with avocados for sale waits for customers at the door of his home in Havana Monday. More Cubans will be allowed to work for themselves and hire their own workers as Cuba's government tries to create more productive employment, President Raul Castro said on Sunday. The move could be a significant change on the Communist-led island where the state controls 90 percent of the economy and the biggest complaint is about low salaries equivalent to $18 a month. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
This handout photo provided by the Census for Marine Life shows a dragonfish that even has teeth on its tongue. They would be terrifying creatures if they weren't the size of a banana. Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria, Census for Marine Life/AP
A local man looks on as a parched forest burns near a suburb of the town of Voronezh, Russia, some 300 miles south of Moscow, on Sunday. Hundreds of new fires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat. Mikhail Metzel/AP
A sunbather relaxes on a dock along the Charles River in Boston Monday. Elise Amendola/AP
Fishermen stand on an old breakwater on the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Temperatures climbed up to 94 degrees F. Ariel Schalit/AP
Oil clean-up workers collect tar balls on Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Sunday. Tourism is starting to pick up along the Gulf Coast with the capping of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. Dave Martin/AP
Swelling cities are strategizing, innovating, and proactively investing in ways to nimbly operate in the face of growing threats such as climate change, transportation, and housing.
BySophie Hares, Reuters
Urban resilience, no longer just a buzzword, is fast becoming part of the fabric of cities around the world, which need to ramp up strategies to ensure the wellbeing of their booming populations in the face of growing threats, experts say.