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The sinking villages: Seawater creeps into houses in Central Java

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Demak/Central Java   /   Sun, September 29, 2019   /  04:04 pm
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A house is surrounded by seawater in Sriwulan village, Demak regency, Central Java. Buildings on the northern coast of the regency are now surrounded by seawater from the Java Sea due to rampant coastal erosion.(JP/Donny Fernando)

At first glance, Morosari hamlet in Bedono village in Central Java's Demak looks like most traditional waterfront villages in Indonesia. It has a main road going through the village, with houses of fish farmers as well as their ponds on each side. But when people take a look around the village, it is clear that parts of it, including dozens of houses, have been submerged under water. The sea has crept out into the village, forcing residents to live in their sinking houses. Some even have to live with seawater reaching up to their windows. "Most of these houses are still inhabited despite being inundated day and night," Morosari resident Saiful Muhammad Arif, 32, told The Jakarta Post. "These people don't have much choice; it is almost impossible for them to leave this village because no one will buy their houses." Saiful is no exception. When he was s...