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Two men push their bikes along a flooded (Credit: AP)

Two men push their bikes along a flooded area in Rizal, east of Manila, Philippines. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Floods around the world in 2012

Shots of devastation caused by recent severe floods around the world.

Indian villagers look at flooded homes during a
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Indian villagers look at flooded homes during a flash flood of the Tawi river on the outskirts of Jammu. Some 27 people, including 19 workers at a power plant, are missing following flash floods triggered by heavy rains in three northern Indian states, officials said. (Aug. 4, 2012)

An Indian villager watches fast moving water during
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An Indian villager watches fast moving water during a flash flood of the Tawi river on the outskirts of Jammu. Some 27 people, including 19 workers at a power plant, are missing following flash floods triggered by heavy rains in three northern Indian states, officials said. (Aug. 4, 2012)

A scene of damage due to flash floods
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A scene of damage due to flash floods in the Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand state, India. An official says army troops and police are searching for more bodies in the debris of destroyed homes in northern India, where at least 26 people have been killed by torrential rains. Hundreds of homes have been washed away and more than 2,000 people are in relief camps. (Aug. 5, 2012)

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People walk along a metal barrier to avoid
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People walk along a metal barrier to avoid having to walk through the flood water as torrential downpours caused flash floods in Jarrow, England. Torrential downpours caused flash floods across parts of the U.K. (Aug. 5, 2012)

A dog in flood water as torrential downpours
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A dog in flood water as torrential downpours caused flash floods in Hebburn, England. Torrential downpours caused flash floods across parts of the U.K. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Two men push their bikes along a flooded
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Two men push their bikes along a flooded area in Rizal, east of Manila, Philippines. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. (Aug. 7, 2012)

A bus negotiates a flooded road in Manila,
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A bus negotiates a flooded road in Manila, Philippines. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Residents ride an improvised float along a flooded
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Residents ride an improvised float along a flooded area in Rizal, east of Manila, Philippines. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. (Aug. 7, 2012)

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Students ride a boat along a flooded street
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Students ride a boat along a flooded street in Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines. Heavy rains forced some classes to be suspended as hundreds of residents living in low-lying areas evacuated their homes due to high floods and rising of dam levels. (Aug. 6, 2012)

People collect recyclable materials amongst the rubbish washed
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People collect recyclable materials amongst the rubbish washed ashore on Roxas boulevard promenade in Manila as heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Saola hit the capital city for another day. Hundreds of people fled their homes, as the typhoon brought heavy rains, floods and powerful waves to the Philippines. The death toll stands at 41 as of Aug. 7. (Aug. 1, 2012)

People light candles in memory of victims of
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People light candles in memory of victims of the flood in the Krasnodar region outside the office of the Representation of Krasnodar region in Moscow, Russia. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed over a hundred people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. (July 7, 2012)

Gelendzhik in Russia. (July 6, 2012)
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Gelendzhik in Russia. (July 6, 2012)

A woman takes a video of the flood
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A woman takes a video of the flood in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed 103 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. (July 7, 2012)

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A man carries a food box where people
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A man carries a food box where people are collecting supplies to be sent to Krymsk for flood victims in Moscow. At least 171 people died in Krymsk and nearby parts of southern Russia when flash floods triggered by extraordinarily heavy rains inundated the area. Across the country, activists set up donation points for contributions of food, clothes and money. (July 9, 2012)

A Japanese fisherman stands on the bank at
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A Japanese fisherman stands on the bank at Gosho dam, covered with driftwood, in Ukiha City, Fukuoka prefecture. Flood-battered southwestern Japan braced for a typhoon amid fears that it could heap further misery on an area where at least 32 are dead or missing after record rainfall. (July 17, 2012)

A Japanese motorist drives past part of a
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A Japanese motorist drives past part of a road that collapsed next to a river in Hita City, Oita prefecture. Flood-battered southwestern Japan braced for a typhoon amid fears that it could heap further misery on an area where at least 32 are dead or missing after record rainfall. (July 17, 2012)

Workers stand amid the debris of a landslide
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Workers stand amid the debris of a landslide after torrential rainfall in Aso City, Kumamoto prefecture. Flood victims in Japan began a full-scale clean-up operation after record rainfall forced hundreds of thousands to flee and left at least 32 dead or missing. (July 17, 2012)

Debris from flooding lies in a paddy field
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Debris from flooding lies in a paddy field in Ukiha City, Fukuoka prefecture. Flood-battered southwestern Japan braced for a typhoon amid fears that it could heap further misery on an area where at least 32 are dead or missing after record rainfall. (July 17, 2012)

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Chinese villagers look at a courtyard damaged by
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Chinese villagers look at a courtyard damaged by floods at their home in the Fangshan district in Beijing. Recent heavy rains across much of China have left nearly 100 people dead, state media said Tuesday. More than a third of the fatalities were in the flood-ravaged capital, where some residents questioned whether the city's rapid push for modernization came at the expense of basic infrastructure such as drainage networks. (July 23, 2012)

Drivers and their vehicles are stranded on a
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Drivers and their vehicles are stranded on a flood road following a heavy rain in Tianjin, China. Residents impatient for official updates compiled their own death tolls Thursday for last weekend's massive flooding in Beijing and snapped up survival gear following new forecasts of rain, reflecting deep mistrust of the government's handling of the disaster. (July 26, 2012)

Debris is scattered around flood damaged houses in
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Debris is scattered around flood damaged houses in the Fangshan district in Beijing, China. Chinese authorities on Thursday raised Beijing storm's death toll to 77 after the public questioned the days-old tally of 37, with some residents even compiling their own totals in a reflection of deep mistrust of the government's handling of the disaster. (July 25, 2012)

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