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Istanbul Under Construction 04
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
05 Apr 2016

Commonly used gesture to express frustration at the frequently congested traffic.

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Istanbul Under Construction 05
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
03 Apr 2016

A shot form Bomonti's bustling Flea Market. Bomonti, Istanbul.

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Istanbul Under Construction 07
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
03 Apr 2016

The writing on the wall is aimed to convey the message 'Parking is Prohibited' but accidental the misuse of the language means it reads 'Park Prohibited', a gentle and inadvertent reference to the spark that fired the Gezi Park protests.

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Istanbul Under Construction 08
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
03 Apr 2016

Due to the mounting political tensions and concerns over security, many cruise-liners have cancelled their Istanbul leg. A new museum being built next to Istanbul Modern. Karakoy, Istanbul.

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Istanbul Under Construction 09
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
03 Apr 2016

Non-stop construction work in the city has led to grey to be the most prominent colour. Karakoy, Istanbul.

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Istanbul Under Construction 06
Istanbul, Turkey
By serracelikkan
02 Apr 2016

A wall tagged with the letters CCC (three crescents) - a symbol used by ultra nationalists, a graffiti of the nation's much-loved 80's psychedelic rocker Baris Manco known for his positive spirit and a striking woman dressed in leather coming out of her red Ferrari. Bomonti, Istanbul.

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Collapsing Houses in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
16 Apr 2015

ARTICLE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

A two story house made of bamboo and tin collapsed at Hjipara Jheel, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM (local time). There were 14 rooms on each floor, and each room was inhabited by an entire family. The rooms were rented for BDT.3, 500 ($44) per month.

The location of the building on a polluted, swampy wetland meant that it was very difficult for people inside the building to survive, as the rubble from the building pushed into the water.

Casualty rates are currently 12 dead and 100 missing.

Locals claim that the main reason of the collapse was lack of a proper foundation. Add to this the fact that the building owner built an additional floor on the building 5 months ago with the aim of increasing profits. Survivors of the collapse said the building began vibrating and shaking in bizarre ways after the second floor was added.

The collapse highlights the problem of shoddy housing in Bangladesh’s heavily impoverished areas. There was no government oversight or intervention to monitor and prevent the construction and habitation of such a poorly constructed building.  The collapse spurred protests from the Bangladesh Communist Party calling on the government to step up regulations on building safety and exploitation of the poor. 

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Building Collapse 01
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

The Bangladesh Communist Party holds a protest after the housing collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 02
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Relatives of people missing in the house collapse wait at Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 03
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Samia and her mom shortly after being rescued safely from the wreckage of the housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 04
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A survivor of the housing collapse in his new house. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 05
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man still waiting for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapsed building in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 06
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A picture floats in the swampy wreckage of the collapsed housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 07
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapse housing complex in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 08
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 09
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 10
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A remaining tin shed over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, after the collapse of a two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 11
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 12
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Najrul Islam waits at a temporary shelter for missing family members still trapped inside the collapsed housing structure.

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Building Collapse 13
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

4 year Samia girl was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed housing complex.

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Building Collapse 14
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members after the collapse of two storied tin-shed house in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 15
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Families gather goods salvaged from the wreckage of the building complex at a temporary shelter.

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Building Collapse 16
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Two women wait at a temporary shelter for their family members still trapped in the wreckage of the collapsed house.

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Building Collapse 17
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors living in a temporary shelter after the house collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 18
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Shefali Begum wails as she mourns the loss of her young son Saiful, who was killed in the housing collapse.

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Building Collapse 19
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man is showing his stitched hand after he was injured in the housing collapse.

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Building Collapse 20
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Sisters Rubina & Asha lost everything in the bulding collapse. Now they wonder how they will start all over again.

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Building Collapse 21
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Remaining tin sheds over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015 after the collapse of two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 22
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors of the building collapse take refuge in makeshift shelters as the rescue and salvage mission continues.

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Building Collapse 23
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Khalil (L) and Arif (R) in disbelief after the death of Saiful, a young boy in their family.

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Building Collapse 24
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A rescued goat stands on some bricks after being salvaged from the wreckage of the collapsed housing project.

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Building Collapse 25
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Nicaragua Canal 07
Nicaragua
By Charlotte Bruneau
31 Jan 2015

Dina holds Polo de Desarolo's only restaurant. A team of 20 Chinese stayed at her home for two months while they were assessing the canal's feasability in the region of the Punta Gorda river.

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Nicaragua Canal 08
Nicaragua
By Charlotte Bruneau
31 Jan 2015

In Polo de Desarolo, Aidak and his brother are keen to see things change: They prefer to become tourist guides rather than campesinos. Although they might be surprised when their quiet world turns upside down.

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Nicaragua Canal 09
Nicaragua
By Charlotte Bruneau
31 Jan 2015

For the children of the Polo de Disarollo village (Punta Gorda) that will be destroyed to make way for the canal, imagining a different future might be easier than for their parents.

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Nicaragua Canal 10
Nicaragua
By Charlotte Bruneau
31 Jan 2015

The river Punta Gorda is at the center of people’s lives who use it for transport and as a water resource