Jakarta Water

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13 August 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia: A local man loads up water barrels for delivery on the streets at left, below the sea wall at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. To the right, the sea laps at the barrier forever threatening the local populace with inundation. Local residents were speaking about the lack of water facilities that the local poor population has access to. Water is hauled in each day by motorcycle and trucks and by hand to allow residents of the kampungs to  buy it for washing and to do laundry. Separate water is needed for drinking. The Jakarta Governor is proposing a program to send in trucks of water for the locals to get for free. They are living in villages below the seawater line on the coast of Jakarta that is sinking faster than anywhere else in the world so they have the position of being surrounded by water yet not having access to clean supplies. Picture by Graham Crouch/The Australian