Sinking Shoreline Threatens Millions

A car is seen stranded at a car park area as rising sea water hits Muara Baru Port during high tide in Jakarta, Dec. 6. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

By : JG | on 4:52 PM March 07, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Villages and towns along the northern shoreline of Java are being inundated because of a grim combination of man-made environmental destruction and climate change. Many are regularly flooded, forcing businesses to pile up sandbags for protection and residents to prop up their fridges and television sets on concrete blocks to keep them out of the murky water that flows into their homes during high tides.

Youth play as sea water rises during high tide at Kali Adem Port in Jakarta, Jan. 3. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Youth play as sea water rises during high tide at Kali Adem Port in Jakarta, Jan. 3. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Fishermen repair their wooden boat, while children play football near a new construction of a concrete sea wall in Cilincing, Jakarta, Aug. 22. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Fishermen repair their wooden boat, while children play football near a new construction of a concrete sea wall in Cilincing, Jakarta, Aug. 22. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

A woman sits in the kitchen area of her home, flooded by sea water, near Pantai Bahagia in Bekasi, West Java, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A woman sits in the kitchen area of her home, flooded by sea water, near Pantai Bahagia in Bekasi, West Java, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

A woman watches TV as seawater hits her house during high tide in Sriwulan village, Demak, Central Java, Jan. 31. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A woman watches TV as seawater hits her house during high tide in Sriwulan village, Demak, Central Java, Jan. 31. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

A boat passenger holds her baby as she walks through rising sea water during high tide at Kali Adem Port, Jan. 3. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A boat passenger holds her baby as she walks through rising sea water during high tide at Kali Adem Port, Jan. 3. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

A man drives a motorcycle through sea water as high tide hits Muara Baru Port in Jakarta, Dec. 5. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A man drives a motorcycle through sea water as high tide hits Muara Baru Port in Jakarta, Dec. 5. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Sandbags lie atop a concrete sea wall to prevent an overflowing of sea water in Muara Baru Port, Dec. 6. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Sandbags lie atop a concrete sea wall to prevent an overflowing of sea water in Muara Baru Port, Dec. 6. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

A man prays on top of his brother's grave which is inundated by sea water in Tambak Lorok village of Semarang, Central Java, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A man prays on top of his brother's grave which is inundated by sea water in Tambak Lorok village of Semarang, Central Java, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Schoolgirls walk in the yard of the Pantai Bahagia Elementary School in Bekasi, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Schoolgirls walk in the yard of the Pantai Bahagia Elementary School in Bekasi, Feb. 1. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)


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