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One morning in June, Shirin Sultana rose to say her prayers and found her kitchen floor covered in knee-deep water. It was the start of a massive flash flood that inundated vast regions of Bangladesh’s northeast, killing at least 102 people.

“I could not have imagined that the floodwater could rush in and rise a few feet in a matter of minutes,” Sultana, 45, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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