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The 'industrious' Chinese student in a flooded room

Photo of a Chinese student studying in floodwaters in Wuhan, taken from Weibo Image copyright Weibo
Image caption Come hell or high water, the student was not going to let a flood get in the way of his revision

If you thought you were hardworking, you might want to think again.

A picture of a Chinese university student in the city of Wuhan apparently studying hard at his desk surrounded by murky flood water has surfaced on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo.

The city of Wuhan has been placed on red alert for heavy rainfall, after torrential downpours left parts of the city submerged and some state media estimates suggest flooding has killed more than 180 across China.

This young man is reported to be a student at the Wuhan University of Technology and was said to be studying for exams when water started coming into his room. He then simply moved to squat on top of his chair as it continued to rise.

Reports say he later left the room in search of higher ground when water levels reached the height of his desk, returning only when the water had receded.

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Image caption He was said to be studying for his exams when water flooded his room

Local media pounced on the image lauding the young man's apparent dedication to his studies, a paragon of studious virtue.

"His roommate commented that the exam he is taking is very difficult," reported the Chutian Metropolis Daily. "But he has had a history of good results."

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Image caption Flooding has killed more than 180 people and caused chaos throughout several parts of China

Many reported that he was looking to head overseas after graduation, and so had much invested in these exams.

But netizens on Weibo were not all so kind. Some took jabs at the picture and suggested it might have been staged.

"Alright, you can turn around now that the picture's taken," said one netizen.

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Image caption "Alright you can turn now that the picture's taken" reads the third comment on China microblogging site Weibo

"Who took the photo? He's just as skilled," asks another.

"Is he actually watching Harry Potter?" another Weibo user posted.

Another user simply pointed out that the student could surely have just "brought the books and gone upstairs".

Perhaps the final word should be saved for this poster: "Oh man, I should really go study too."

Reporting by Yvette Tan.

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