Photo Submission by Benizi Santamaria on Sep 13, 2012 - 00:09
About the Shot
Construction and related Industries are rapidly replacing Agriculture in Indonesia, especially in its urban fringes. Once used solely mainly for transportation, irrigation and fishing, this main river, or Sungai Musi which runs through the City of Palembang is now a source of construction sand. Deforestation in its upper reaches and soil erosion has caused its lower parts to silt. This is both a blessing and a curse. Fishing stocks are ever dwindling but sand is plentiful, as shown here in this early morning scene where the men are busily constructing several makeshift ramps so the sand can be carted to the banks where lorries wait to take their load.