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Christian Charisius

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The historic flooding throughout central Europe continues, as the Elbe River has broken through several dikes in northern Germany, and the crest of the swollen Danube River has reached southern Hungary, and threatens Serbia. Parts of Austria and the Czech Republic are now in recovery mode, as thousands of residents return home to recover what they can. Gathered here are images from the past several days of those affected by these continuing floods. See earlier entry: Flooding Across Central Europe. [24 photos]

A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe River during floods near Magdeburg in the state of Saxony Anhalt, on June 10, 2013. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region's worst floods in a decade. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)     

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PASSPORT, PLEASE: Bangladesh passports were returned to their owners in a tent camp in Tunisia, near the border with Libya Wednesday. (Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency)

CHECKPOINT: A U.S. Marine searched an Afghan woman during a patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday. (Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SORTING PALM: A worker sorted oil palm fruits in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday. (Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters)

RIDING A WAVE: Kelly Slater of the U.S. won the Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast contest in Queensland, Australia, Wednesday. (Kirstin Scholtz/Association of Surfing Professionals via Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LARGE HUMAN CROSS: University of Santo Tomas students and faculty formed a ‘Dominican cross’ in Manila as they observed Ash Wednesday. Organizers claimed to have more than 20,000 participants and attempted to break the Guinness record for such a cross. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

CAR TOWER: New Volkswagen car models were stored at the Autostadt visitors’ attraction next to the auto maker’s plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, Wednesday. (Christian Charisius/Reuters)

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