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A man holds his broken umbrella against heavy winds in Hong Kong on August 13, 2013 as the city braces for deadly Typhoon Utor which earlier swept through the Philippines. The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year caused floods and landslides, killing at least two people as rescuers raced to reach isolated villages in the storm's path.

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Hong Kong is bracing for Typhoon Utor, which swept through the Philippines. The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year caused floods and landslides, killing at least two people as rescuers raced to reach isolated villages in the storm’s path.

Germany Europe Floods

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A child runs over a wall of sandbags at river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany on Thursday. 

14.00 Rescue workers on a rubber boat make the...Rescue workers on a rubber boat make their way through a street flooded by the river Elbe in Meissen, eastern Germany, on June 5, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 100 million euros in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas as surging waters that have claimed at least 11 lives and forced tens of thousands of evacuations across central Europe bore down on eastern Germany.     AFP PHOTO / ROBERT MICHAELROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Rescue workers on a rubber boat make their way through a street flooded by the river Elbe in Meissen, eastern Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €100m in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas as surging waters that have claimed at least 11 lives and forced tens of thousands of evacuations across central Europe bore down on eastern Germany. 

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 

Flooding in Germany - Gera...epa03728770 A man carries a woman through flood water in a street after flood waters overflowed the banks of the White Elster River in Gera, Germany, 03 June 2013. Flood warning level four is in effect along the White Elster and the Saale.  EPA/MARC TIRL

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A man carries a woman through flood water in a street in Gera, Germany. Flood waters have overflowed the banks of the White Elster River.