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Cloud 9 Surfer
Siargao Island
By Ralf Falbe
19 Feb 2016

Surfer at Cloud 9 Resort, Siargao Island, Philippines.

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Indonesia floods 21
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
17 Feb 2014

Mukhoiriah, 36, with her ​​mother and her children stands in front of their house. She has been living there since she was born and, over the years, her family has filled the flooded floor with sands and rocks thus burying their own house. Mukhoiriah remembers having had tidal floods every day. The road is the only area, inside Banger river community, that has been lifted, many times, by the city government, so now, it is higher than Mukhoiriah's house.

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Indonesia floods 22
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
17 Feb 2014

Sanusi, 56, is a worms seller. He lives alone in the house where he was born, in the Banger river community. For 30 years, the high tide continuously has been flooding the floor. Since 10 years, Sanusi has not been able to put his feet on the ground because it is constantly full of water. He lives under the roof perched on the rafters like a bird. He has no electricity, no services. He cannot cook, so every day he buys ready food from street stalls. He has no money to buy a pump or to raise the floor.

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Indonesia floods 23
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
17 Feb 2014

Umi, 53, inside his house in the poor community along the Banger river. She has been living here for 34 years. Over this period, the house has been lifted 3 times and totally rebuilt once. The black mark on the wall corresponds to the height of sea water that chronically enters.

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Indonesia floods 24
Semarang, Semarang
By Elisabetta Zavoli
17 Feb 2014

Qomariah, 44, under the mosquito net with his son Leno, 2. They live in the poor community along the Banger river. This area is constantly subject to flooding due to high tide and subsidence. Here, the sea water can rise up to 50 cm.

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Indonesia floods 25
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
15 Feb 2014

The reflection of a shoes vendor is mirrored in the sea water, in Johar market, Semarang's old town. This area is subject to a subsidence of 2-3 cm/year and the high tide can rise up to 1 meter from the ground.

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Indonesia floods 20
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
13 Feb 2014

Aerial view of the province of Indramyu. The northern coast of Java is heavily impacted by intensive shrimps farming and settlements. Almost all the mangrove forests are gone leaving the coast prone to seasonal and tidal floods.

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Indonesia floods 09
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
03 Dec 2013

Nancy, 40 years old, lives in a slum of migrants from Papua. "Mespapua", this is the name of the slum, is in Tanah Abang district, just beside the high luxory buildings of the "business district" in central Jakarta.

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Indonesia floods 01
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
05 Jul 2013

A woman and her daughter stand in the black and highly polluted sea water in front of "Muara Angke" district, north Jakarta. This district, one of the poorest in the city, is home to a community of fishermen whose shacks lie on top of mussel processing waste and garbage brought in by the rivers running through the capital. This area is heavily affected by seasonal floods and monthly high tides.

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Indonesia floods 02
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
05 Jul 2013

Some kids are playing with a pair of pigeons in the slums of "Muara Angke" district, North Jakarta. In the background, luxurious palaces are being built on the new area of coastal ​​residential development "Pantai Mutiara", in the close neighborhood Pluit. The Government of the capital city is seeking funding for an ambitious project intended to build new "residential islands" in the sea off the northern coast which would worsen the already high subsidence of this part of town.

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Indonesia floods 19
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
04 Jul 2013

View of Cijeruk’s waterfalls, on the slopes of Mount Salak, which are inside an area of preserved primary forest. Dense trees of mountain forests provide protection against flood. A number of field surveys show a decline in trees density in the mountains south of Jakarta, thus reducing their capability to mitigate water runoff during heavy rains.

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Indonesia floods 16
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
03 Jul 2013

Katulampa catchment area, Bogor. A man is sieving the sediments of Ciliwung River, just upstream of the Katulampa sluice, in search for fine sands.

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Indonesia floods 03
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
29 Jun 2013

Advisory panel about new projects of luxury housing on the north coast, in Kapuk district. The choice to change the use of shallow coastal zones, in order to meet demand from the growing population, will deeply affect tides and will accelerate the subsidence of which this part of the town is already suffering.

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Indonesia floods 18
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
28 Jun 2013

View of a golf court inside Rancamaya Golf Estate, a 700 hectares area of new luxury houses at the foot of Mount Salak (in the background). The reclamation of land for new housing complex is leading to a drastically reduction in the catchment capacity of rainwater by upper land of Jakarta’s basin.

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Indonesia floods 17
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
26 Jun 2013

View of tea fields in Cisarua, on the way up to Puncak, Bogor. The growing reclamation of lands, for agricultural (tea and rice fields) and farming, has led to the deforestation of more and more areas of primary forests on the hills and mountains which delimits Jakarta’s catchment basin, thus reducing the absorption capacity of rainwater in these areas.

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Indonesia floods 07
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
09 May 2013

A grey monkey is looking for food among garbage inside "Hutan Wisata Kamal Muara", 99 hectares, Kapuk district, which is one of the few areas of pristine mangrove forests of Jakarta. This area is part of the city’s mangroves' green belt (total 330 hectares) and it is highly polluted by the waste coming down along rivers and canals.

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Indonesia floods 15
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
09 Apr 2013

A woman is taking a bath in the highly polluted waters of Ciliwung River in the poor neighbourhood in Kampung Pulo district. Continuing disposal of any kind of solid and domestic waste inside rivers and illegal development of housing on their banks obstruct the flowing of waters exasperating seasonal floods.

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Indonesia floods 10
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
01 Mar 2013

A worker under the bridge in Rawajati district is showing the height of the Ciliwung River’s water during the flood of January 2013.

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Indonesia floods 11
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
01 Mar 2013

Henia is 39 years old and lives in the slum on the banks of Ciliwung River in Rawajati district. Her house, like those of her neighbours, was submerged by water and mud up to 4 m during the flooding of January 2013. She managed to escape, finding shelter on the roof of her shack.

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Indonesia floods 12
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
01 Mar 2013

Ruins of a small house in Pasar Minggu district, community of poor people on the banks of Ciliwung River. Mud and garbage were still covering floor and walls, even after a month from the floods.

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Indonesia floods 13
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
01 Mar 2013

Maria, age 30, in her bedroom with her 15-days old son in Rawajati district along the banks of Ciliwung River. During the flood of January 2013, her house was fully inundated by water and mud.

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Indonesia floods 14
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
01 Mar 2013

The shadow of a man is seen through a window while restoring his damaged small house. In the reflection, a woman is resting with children outside her house in the community of poor people on the banks of Ciliwung River, in Pasar Minggu district. Here, waters have risen up to 4 meters.

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Indonesia floods 06
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
27 Jan 2013

A woman and her daughter are looking through the front window of their hut in front of the Java sea, in "Muara Angke" district, north Jakarta. Every month, they face the high tide coming inside the hut which is only 10 meters from the sea shore and there is no protection other than a low wall of wooden planks.

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Indonesia floods 08
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
27 Jan 2013

Women from Kapuk-Muara district, north Jakarta, are queuing for clear water supply from Indonesian Red Cross' tank. The supply of drinking water has been the major emergency during the flood, causing the spread of gastrointestinal infections, especially in children.

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Indonesia floods 04
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
25 Jan 2013

View of the Pluit reservoir from inside a social housing which has been used as temporary shelter for people living in the surrounding flooded shacks. The reservoir has a great importance in order to collect the water coming from rivers and canals. For this reason, after the catastrophic flooding of January 2013, the Administration of Jakarta has begun the removal of the shacks on its embankments.

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Indonesia floods 05
Jakarta
By Elisabetta Zavoli
23 Jan 2013

"Pluit" district, one of the most crowded slums in north Jakarta, has been flooded in January 2013. Waters were up to 2 m high at the emergency peak. It was estimated that the flood had overall caused total losses of more than 4.3 trillion Indonesian Rupees, more than 100000 people displaced and 26 people died.

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Surfer
Itacarè, Bahia
By Ralf Falbe
11 Jan 2013

Brazil, Bahia, Itacarè, 11.01.2013, Surfer riding a wave.

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North Sea Surfer
Sylt, Schleswig Holstein
By Ralf Falbe
06 Oct 2012

Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Sylt, Brandenburger Strand
Surfer in the North Sea.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio is ready to go back home with his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio checks his daily catch. Due to the sea tides, sometimes thepercebeirosneed to harvest under artificial light.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 12, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro gets hit by an unexpected wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro inspects a rock to find percebes.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
20 Dec 2011

December 20, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros gets hit by an unexpected wave. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro cleans a perfect sample of percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 1, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebes grow in the gaps between rocks and sometimes the only way to harvest them is by hand.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Percebeiros try to harvest together so that they are not alone if an accident happens. Even when the weather is good, the sea is extremely dangerous on this part of the coast.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

Julio cleans a perfect sample of a percebe.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros run away from an unexpectedly large wave.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A group of percebeiros talk just before they start the harvest. After a week of rain and huge waves, the sun is shining and the percebeiros are in a very good mood.

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Galicia's Goose Barnacle Hunters
Laxe
By Ruom
19 Dec 2011

December 19, 2011
Laxe (La Corua) Spain

A percebeiro prepares himself for the days harvest in his warehouse.