Jakarta Water

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13 August 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia: Small shop owner Mohammad Saleh (53) stands outside his shop in Waduk Pluit. He claims it was 4 metres high when he first built it but now the land has sunk so much he can nearly touch the top with his head. He was with residents 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
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