Once the water levels start receeding, normality slowly comes back. This photo of a street retailer in Dar es Salaam shows how everything slowly goes back to “business as usual.”
This month the winner of the Resilient Cities Photo Contest is Eric Schaechter with his photo featuring a retailer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the flood earlier this month.
Eric travelled to Dar Es Salaam to document the collaboration between the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ and the municipality of Kinondoni, located in the northern part of the City. The partnership focused on finding solutions to the flood problem in the municipality.
“Dar es Salaam has a rainy season that lasts about two months. During this season, residents of the city who have settled into lowlands are constantly in harm’s way, especially when flooding happens after heavy rains. The pictures depict the creative ways in which residents manage to live with this – doing anything they can to avoid relocation. The growing density of the city has impacted its permeability negatively, which is also causing more floods. During my time in Dar Es Salaam, on April 12th 2014 there was a major flooding event which killed over 20 people, mostly washed away by currents.”
Eric Schaechter is a photographer and visual effects artist based in Berlin, Germany
Read more about the case of Dar es Salaam and the Municipality’s efforts to build resilience and adapt to climate change in the Resilient Cities 2013 report (p14)
A young man using pieces of wood as walking aids while crossing a current of rainwater, sewage and garbage in the district of Janguani during the flood event of April 12, 2014
Young men carry mattresses and other belongings to safety, while female residents wait on higher ground until the water levels come down. Many of the residents of these areas prefer to deal with the yearly flooding during the two months of rain than to relocate.
This is the entrance alley from the main road into a whole neighborhood. To avoid ending up in the stagnant filthy water , residents have laid down stones or bricks to step on.
Citizens try to unblock the storm water drainage system which is full of plastic bottle garbage. Notice that the water in the background has converted this area of the city into a temporary river with a strong current, effectively cutting some people from others.
Workers try in vain to keep their electronics store dry with foldable plastic tables and with buckets during the flood of 12.4.2014