A walk around Munroe Thuruthu’s affected areas reveals a grim picture: Many houses have sunk, the earth devouring their foundation. A number of them are abandoned. School children wade through muddy waters with their sandals in hand. To reach the houses, you have to carefully tip-toe on coconut trunk bridges. Sandbags are lined up on courtyards. Drinking water is scarce: several islanders wait for their turn to fill buckets at a tap that is ironically surrounded by water.
Water overflows the island's pathways
Sludge covers the compound of a house
Taps run dry for most of the day
Waterlogged courtyard of a house
Island is taking over a sunken house