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The day before the Kakhovka dam explosion caused huge floods across the Kherson and Nikopol region, Elena Nikolaevna Bedarieva felt "not quiet" in her small village of Pialynka, in the Beryslav district of southern Ukraine. "I had the intuition that something bad was coming," says this woman with light green eyes and drawn features, dressed in a T-shirt decorated with an Eiffel Tower and the inscription "A trip to Paris, what could be better". So she insisted that her mother, daughter and grandchildren go sleep in the neighbor's basement with her, as their own house has no underground shelter. Elena heard loud explosions during the night, but it wasn't until the morning, when Ukrainian police and military appeared to tell them they were going to be evacuated because of the explosion of the dam, that she realized what was happening...
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