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Friday, 23 August, 2002, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
In pictures: Flooding in Asia
Floods resulting from torrential rain continue to cause havoc in China, where the race is on to prevent the massive Dongting lake from bursting its banks. Cambodia and Vietnam have also suffered from severe flooding.

Lorry passes over a bridge above a flooded river
Despite clear skies, water levels are still rising and the battle to contain Lake Dongting continues

Chinese fishermen drive a boat past a flooded residential building on Dongting Lake
Millions of Chinese live near the lake or in its flood plain

Chinese soldiers laying sandbags
More than 850,000 people are working round the clock to build defences around the lake

soldiers moving earth and sandbags
Soldiers have been mobilised to shore up dykes and embankments...

Men rescuing an animal (l) and a man making his way through the floods(r) ( photo courtesy of AFP)
...while local residents attempt to rescue what they can

Locals watch a dyke on a flood river feeding Dongting
But the vigil on the dykes continues, with thousands looking out for the slightest leak

Flood waters in Cambodia's Mekong Delta
Cambodia has also been affected, and is braced for further flooding

Rescuing residents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and starting a clean-up ( photographs courtesy of AP and AFP)
The Vietnamese have made the most of a lull in the rain to reach stranded people and start a huge clean-up

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