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Before and After: Photos Show Bosnia Flooding’s Devastating Toll

Combination photos from Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic show Topcic Polje, Bosnia during floods in May 2014, paired with photos taken in the same places 5 months later.

Combination photos from Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic show Topcic Polje, Bosnia, during floods in May 2014, paired with photos taken in the same places 5 months later, on Oct. 8, 2014.

Bosnia's 3.3 million voters will choose a new political elite across six layers of government on Oct. 12, in an election that, had it happened a few months ago, might have been a catalyst for change. But hopes that civil unrest in February would usher in a brighter future for a country riven by corruption and ethnic and ideological divisions have been all but extinguished in the aftermath of devastating floods that struck three months later. Complaints about the misuse of foreign flood aid are rife, sharpening the perception of a corrupt political elite that has left would-be voters disillusioned and despairing of change almost 20 years after the end of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

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People walk past a damaged electric pole during floods, top, on May 20, and the same place 5 months later on Oct. 8.

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A dog sits on a flood-damaged basketball court, top, on May 20.

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A member of the Kovacevic family changes his boots, top, on May 31.

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People evacuate from their flooded houses on May 16, paired with a view of their homes in present day.

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Asim Skopljak walks on a street during floods, top, on May 16.

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The Kovacevic family house during and after the floods. Senahida Kovacevic, whose village was wiped off the map, says she has spent every day since mid-May in rubber boots, clearing her home of the mud that buried it during the worst rains to hit Bosnia in more than a century. From the $1 billion in aid pledged by international donors to help the country recover, 47-year-old Kovacevic, her mother and the three brothers she lives with received a couple of doors and windows, which didn't fit.

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The Kovacevic family house on May 31, top, and Oct. 8, bottom.

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Fata Kovacevic reacts near her flood-damaged house on May 20, top, in Topcic Polje.

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