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Firefighters are still battling to tame Oregon's bootleg fire, which is now over 40% contained in Arizona's Maricopa County. Drenching rains triggered flash flooding. People stranded in their vehicles were rescued by helicopters at some points. Rainfall fell at more than two inches an hour on land that was too dry. To absorb the downpours. Nearby rivers were raging in Utah's Capitol Reef National Park. Parts of central China remain underwater after record setting rains last week. Authorities say at least 58 people were killed by flooding, but the death toll is expected to rise. NPR's Emily Fang reports. The Chinese military is now draining a long traffic tunnel in the city of Zhengzhou. The tunnel flooded on Tuesday during heavy rains, which suddenly submerged drivers inside. Chinese state media has been banned from reporting on the vehicles and bodies being retrieved. The rains also inundated the city subway, drowning passengers inside. Storms that moved north of Zhengzhou, pouring more water on the city of Xinjiang residents. The north half of the city remained largely trapped water levels. There are still about hip height in many places, and bulldozers carrying supplies and rescue personnel are now being diverted there. All told, at least 17 million people have been affected by the flooding in the region. Emily Fang NPR news Zhangzhou The United States has won its first medals of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. US swimmers won gold and silver in the men's 400 M individual medley..

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