Indonesia has faced more than 60 major floods over the past decade, making it one of the most flood-prone countries in Southeast Asia. Indonesia’s wet season in 2013 was especially severe. In January, heavy rains triggered floods in Jakarta, tragically killing 29 people and displacing over 37,000.
However, many locals have shown great resilience in the face of adversity, adopting a positive and optimistic outlook.
As Charlie Chaplin said, “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down”.
Children play basketball in the street
and practice their diving technique
Firefighters and volunteers work together to battle a fire
A soldier helps an older man cross the street
A man uses a plastic bag to protect his cigarettes
Former President SBY and the foreign minister wait at the presidential palace for the arrival of Argentina’s President
Volunteers work together to move a stranded car
A young boy puts a sign up on his house gate reading “Visit Swimming Pool Free”
Rescuers evacuate an infant
A man helps his dog evacuate
A young man bravely rides bicycle through the flooded streets
A group of children plays volleyball in the streets
Children play in the floodwaters with inflatable tubes
A driver attempts to beat the odds…
Children help move each other’s cars too