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China floods leave trail of destruction


Soldiers carry sandbags to build a makeshift dam to prevent flooding on the Dongsha River in the Fangshan district of Beijing on July 25, 2012.

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Damaged vehicles after flooding in the town of Laishui in northern China's Hebei province, just north of Beijing, on July 24, 2012.

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A resident walking near damaged vehicles after a storm caused flooding in the town of Laishui, on July 24, 2012.

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Water released from the Three Gorges Dam, a gigantic hydropower project on the Yangtze river, in Yichang, central China's Hubei province, on July 24, 2012 after heavy downpours in the upper reaches of the dam caused the highest flood peak of the year.

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A man takes a nap on an inflatable sofa floating on a flooded street near the Yangtze River in Chongqing municipality on July 25, 2012.

NBC News' Ed Flanagan reports on the reaction to severe weather in Hong Kong and Beijing over recent days:

Beijing suffered through a 10-hour downpour over the weekend that dumped 6.7 inches of rain in parts of the city and as much as 18 inches in the worst hit parts on the outskirts of Beijing in what is being called the worst flooding to hit the Chinese capital in six decades. 

The subsequent severe flooding killed at least 37 people in the country's capital and affected nearly two million people, sparking millions of angry messages and complaints on China’s Twitter-like service, Weibo, in recent days.  Users posted countless home videos and pictures of cars struggling through wheel-deep water, waterfalls cascading down into Beijing's subway entrances and cars being swept away by the currents. Read the full story.

Previously on PhotoBlog: Dozens killed in China floods

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