Jiao Lei, a soldier from Anhui Armed Police Force, poses for a photo with his swollen feet.
A photo of a soldier with puffy and pale feet went viral on Monday.
The photo was taken in a flood-hit village in Anqing, East China's Anhui province. In a mission for disaster relief, Jiao Lei and his companions from Anhui Armed Police Force stood in the flood up to their waists watching out for any levee failures. His feet swelled up and grew numb after having been soaked in the water for 30-plus hours in a row.
As it was posted by a local news outlet yesterday, the photo spread quickly online, arousing many netizens' compassion and respect. "Thank you! You work so hard. We people will never forget you!" Ermutou said. Another net user Xuehuapiaopiao said the picture touched him deeply and he would learn from the hero in work and life.
Li Shuxia, a local female poet, composed a poem in praise of the soldier's devotion.
Downpours have left 29 people dead and two others missing in the province, local authorities said on Monday.