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Boatman guides his craft through an area of Deep Water Rice during a lull in the summer cyclone season. This traditional, and declining, variety of rice - found mainly in Bangladesh - still covers 800,000 hectares of the country's flooded and low-lying areas, accounting for no more than eight percent of its annual rice output. Some plants can become as tall as five metres and grow 30 centimetres in a day, in order to keep their panicles above swiftly rising flood waters.