Floods which inundated Jakarta early February have caused sorrows to many Jakartans. But for children and teenager in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, flood brought fun to them.
As the Dukuh Atas Underpass was flooded with three-meter-high water, the children found the place as a seasonal swimming pool. They could swim for free and dive to the â€˜new swimming poolâ€™ from the traffic light mast.
Those children activities grabbed the attention from motor bikers and car drivers who passed nearby road. -- JP/P.J.Leo
Bron: Jakarta Post
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After 24 hours of continual downpour, Reuters Jakarta photographer Beawiharta was shooting pictures of happy children playing in flooded paddy fields. Two days later with the water still rising Chief Photographer Indonesia Enny Nuraheni was literally up to her neck in it, photographing the evacuation of beleaguered residents from lower lying areas of the city.
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â€œI was paddling through flood water on a borrowed air mattress which residents usually use to sleep on. Getting access to the areas of deeper water using my temporary raft I was able to shoot the pictures of rescuers putting the boy in a plastic container as they fled, neck deep in flooded streets. We had to continually take care and rely on local knowledge as we couldnâ€™t determine what was a flooded river and what was a tunnel which could sweep us under the flood waters.â€
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A week later as the waters receded, with thousands still in cramped emergency shelters and the fear of disease gripping the city, Beawihartaâ€™s image of buckets of mud in a Jakarta classroom, looks deceptively like a scene from Willy Wonkaâ€™s chocolate factory and hints at the sheer scale of the task faced by residents before they can return to their homes
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And finally, two succinct black and white images from You Witness contributor Donal Husni show life in Pamalung, Indonesia returning to normal as the floods recede.
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Bron: Reuters.com Photograhers blog