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Photos: The aftermath of China floods as residents seek aid

Torrential rains lashed China’s central Henan province, affecting 3 million people. The rainfall that hit low-lying Zhengzhou on Tuesday was the heaviest on record in the country. Desperate appeals for help mounted in the smaller towns and cities surrounding Zhengzhou, with many saying that embankments protecting residents from the floods were barely holding.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Rescue workers transfer a patient at the flooded Fuwai Central China Cardiovascular Hospital.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People standing on a flooded road wait to be evacuated.

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Aly Song/Reuters

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People ride a front loader through a flooded road.

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ALY SONG/REUTERS

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People wade through a flooded street.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man sits on a stranded vehicle on a flooded road.

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ALY SONG/REUTERS

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People in a makeshift raft make their way along a flooded road.

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Aly Song/Reuters

July 22 | Gongyi, Henan province

A road collapsed after severe flooding and landslides.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Cars in floodwater at a parking lot.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Chinese military personnel evacuate residents from a hospital where about 3,000 people were trapped by the flood.

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CHINATOPIX/AP

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Chinese military personnel evacuate people from a hospital.

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CHINATOPIX/AP

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People wait in line to receive relief goods.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Chinese paramilitary police officers reinforce a lake dike.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A jumble of stranded cars carried by floodwater.

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July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Cars carried by floodwater at the entrance of a tunnel.

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Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

July 22 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People ride through a flooded road.

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Aly Song/Reuters

July 22 | Gongyi, Henan province

Rescue workers look for residents they can help.

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July 22 | Gongyi, Henan province

A woman and a boy who were separated from their family.

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July 22 | Gongyi, Henan province

Residents gather near vehicles stuck in mud.

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July 22 | Gongyi, Henan province

People clear out mud.

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July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People look out at cars sitting in floodwaters after heavy rains hit the city.

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July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

An aerial view shows the flooded areas.

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Reuters

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Residents move their belongings across a flooded street.

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Zhu Xiang/Xinhua/AP

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man carries a woman through a flooded road.

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Damaged cars rest on debris.

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July 21 | Beijing

Members of Bluesky, a private rescue organization, prepare rafts before heading to Zhengzhou.

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Jade Gao/AFP/Getty Images

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A road is flooded following heavy rainfall.

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China Daily/Reuters

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Cars sit in floodwaters.

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July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Firefighters pump rainwater from an underpass road.

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Ma Xiaoran/Xinhua/AP

July 21 | Gongyi, Henan province

Residents clean up in the aftermath of a flood in the town of Mihe.

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Han Chaoyang/Xinhua/AP

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man rides his scooter through a flooded street following heavy rain.

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Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

July 21 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man stands near a pileup of cars at an entrance to a tunnel.

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Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man rides a bicycle through a flooded street.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A traffic officer guides residents across a flooded road with a rope.

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China Daily/Reuters

July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A subway car is submerged in water after heavy rains.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A submerged subway car.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Passengers in a submerged subway car.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People push a van through a flooded street.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A man rides a bicycle through a flooded intersection.

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AP

July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

A woman is perched on a fence as rain floods the street.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People wade through a flooded street.

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AFP/Getty Images

July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Residents holding umbrellas amid heavy rainfall make their way along a flooded road.

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July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

People wade through floodwaters on a road.

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China Daily/Reuters

July 20 | Zhengzhou, Henan province

Vehicles pass through floodwaters.

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Zhu Xiang/AP

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