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Underground Discharge Channel To Prevent Greater Tokyo From Flooding...TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 08:  A general view inside the enormous pressure-adjusting underground water tank during a tour of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility on April 8, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world's largest underground flood diversion facility. The facility takes water overflow from four rivers and redirects it 50 meters underground into a 6.3 kilometer tunnel before being pumped into the Edo river. Construction of the facility began in 1993 and became fully operational 13 years later in 2006. The gigantic pressure-adjusting water tank is one of the highlights of the facility, positioned 22 meters below ground level, it is 177 meters long, 78 meters wide, 18 meters high and each of the 59 pillars weighs 500 ton. The tank is connected to a drain pump facility, housing four gigantic pumps which are capable of pumping up to 200tons of water per second (The equivalent of a 25m pool) The facility, designed to drain flood waters from the surrounding areas after heavy storms or typhoons is used on average seven times a year and has also become a tourist attraction with the facility running guided tours three times a day allowing tourists to visit the massive underground water tank.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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A general view inside the enormous pressure-adjusting underground water tank at the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel facility in Tokyo, Japan. The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world’s largest underground flood diversion facility. The facility takes water overflow from four rivers and redirects it 50 meters underground into a 6.3 kilometer tunnel before being pumped into the Edo river.

A resident observes the flooded landscape near Ebro River, in Quinto del Ebro, near to Zaragoza, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Heavy rain has led to flooding in northern Spain over the past few days, especially in Navarra provinces and Aragon.

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A resident observes the flooded landscape near the River Ebro, in Quinto de Ebro, near to Zaragoza, northern Spain on Tuesday. Heavy rain has led to flooding in northern regions over the past few days, especially in Navarra provinces and Aragon

Palestinian men try to prevent flood water from entering shops in the old city of Hebron on November 27, 2014 as a fierce winter storm which has been battering the region for the past four days.

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Palestinian men try to prevent flood water from entering shops in the old city of Hebron on Thursday as a fierce winter storm which has been battering the region for the past four days

A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu September 5, 2014. Sixty-five people were killed after heavy rains caused flash floods in Indian-administered Kashmir, including a wedding party on a bus that was swept away, officials said on Thursday. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after two days of heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades.

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A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu on Friday

People walk along a wooden bridge submerged by floodwater in Guilin

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People walk along a wooden bridge submerged by floodwater at Guilin, in south China’s Guangxi province, on Tuesday. Alerts for heavy storms were issued for several areas in the region as strong rainfall swept the north of the province, state media reported.

Flood in Bataan province brought by Typhoon Halong.

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Children swim in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in the town of Hermosa, Bataan province, Philippines, on Tuesday

Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   Flooding is common during Myanmar's monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.

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Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar

Street lamps are seen among floodwaters next to partially submerged buildings by an over flowing river at the ancient town as heavy rainfall hits Fenghuang county...Street lamps are seen among floodwaters next to partially submerged buildings by an over flowing river at the ancient town as heavy rainfall hits Fenghuang county, Hunan province July 15, 2014.  More than 50,000 locals and tourists were evacuated since Monday night as record downpours hit Fenghuang county of central China's Hunan province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Street lamps are seen among floodwaters next to partially submerged buildings by an over flowing river as heavy rainfall hits the ancient town of Fenghuang county, Hunan province on Tuesday

A man crosses a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C., Friday, July 4, 2014.

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A man crosses the flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, North Carolina on Friday morning

A South Sudanese girl displaced by the conflict carries a younger boy on her back as they walk through mud in a flooded camp for internally displaced people at the UNMISS base in Malakal, Upper Nile State May 30, 2014. There are about 18,000 people sheltering in the United Nations Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal.

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A girl in South Sudan displaced by her country’s conflict carries a boy through a camp for internally displaced people at a UN base in Malakal, Upper Nile State

aerial view of the flooded city of Obrenovac,

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The flooded city of Obrenovac, 40 km from Belgrade. At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands have been evacuated throughout Serbia and Bosnia as the emergency services battle overflowing rivers and landslides following the worst floods in a century.

A picture shows a road sign in the city ...A picture shows a road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, almost entirely submerged by the rise of the Adour river, on January 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GAIZKA IROZGAIZKA IROZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, is almost entirely submerged in water from the Adour river

A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people are displaced due to flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported. Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in seven provinces in Mindanao on Friday after a low pressure area in the area developed into a tropical depression now named ìAgatonî, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical And Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people have been displaced due to flooding and landslides. 

Severe Flood Warnings For Southwest England...DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 03:  A wave breaks over the seafront at dawn in West Bay during stormy weather on January 3, 2014 in Dorset, England. Storm and flood warnings have been issued for the south west of England.

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A wave breaks over the seafront at dawn in West Bay during stormy weather in Dorset, England. Storm and flood warnings have been issued for the south west of England 

Thai children enjoy play in floodwaters at a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok on October 9, 2013. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died due to the flood.

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Thai children play in floodwaters outside a buddhist temple in Pathum thani province, north of Bangkok, on Wednesday. The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that 27 provinces in Thailand are still flooded and 31 people have died because of the flood.

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Four people were killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports.

A South African child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded informal shack settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 August 2013. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in Cape Town have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas which have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town's Disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected.

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A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in the city have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas that have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town’s disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected

An Indian youth dangles from a power lin...An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad on August 6, 2013. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September and usually brings flooding, accounts for about 80 percent of India's annual rainfall. AFP PHOTO/ SANJAY KANOJIASanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad, which has been swollen by the monsoon.

 people watching on the edge of the Xiaolangdi reservoir as Yellow River floodwaters are released

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People stand on a platform at the Xiaolangdi reservoir as water from the Yellow River is released for the second time since the end of June in central China’s Henan province. At least 295 people have been confirmed dead or missing after rainstorms and typhoon Soulik hit China, causing floods, landslides and buildings to collapse.

This picture made available Tuesday June 4, 2013,  shows an a erial view of the swollen Vltava river and a flooded house near Stare Ouholice village near Kralupy nad Vltavou, about 35 km (21.7 miles) north of Prague, taken on Monday, June 3, 2013. Heavy rainfalls cause flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/CTK, Vit Simanek) SLOVAKIA OUT

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A lone house stands surrounded by water from the swollen Vltava river at Stare Ouholice village near Kralupy nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic, about 35 km (21.7 miles) north of Prague. Heavy rainfall also caused flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland