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Amsterdam is taking urgent measures to stop it collapsing into the water

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Cracks and sinks appear along the waterways of Amsterdam.

Bicycles fall into the leaking water, and the banks of the canals disappear under their wheels.

The walls of the dock are collapsing from the boats. Bridges have problems.


While recent restrictions on Covid-19 have freed the Dutch capital from a more superficial disease associated with over-tourism, it seems that the city is going through a more serious existential crisis.

It risks collapsing into the water on which it is built. And only a huge transformation can save him.

Fortunately, no one has been hurt yet, but if they don't realize how to make the necessary subtle repairs worth millions of dollars, some of the beautiful medieval infrastructure that makes Amsterdam such a popular destination could be lost.

The count day in Amsterdam should not have been a surprise.


The fact is that the Netherlands (Holland), the capital of which is Amsterdam, means "low-lying land" in translation, since its territory lies below sea level.

As for Amsterdam, they claim that this city originates from a village on the Amstel River. Allegedly, more than seven hundred years ago, a dam was erected at the mouth of the river, and the place began to be called Amstelledamme, that is, a dam on the Amstel River. The coastline in these places is relatively high, it does not allow the North Sea to spill over into the plain.

However, there is always a possibility that the sea tide or strong winds can push water into the river, and then the river can flood low places. To sweat, they began to erect dams along the banks of the river. First, the eastern dam was built, then the western one. In fact, the city grew up on artificial islands located in a vast swamp, which people fenced off from excess water by artificial structures - dams.

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A lot of waste has accumulated around the world during quarantine, even in civilized countries, to say nothing of states such as Bangladesh. These photographs show how volunteers struggle with trash, completely immersed in waste rivers. 

Nevertheless, even in Bangladesh, in particular in Dhaka, they are trying to deal with this problem, albeit not in very traditional and even in some primitive ways - due to the work of fearless street cleaners whose the work itself may well occupy a leading place among the worst professions in the world, since these guys have to swim almost naked in the rivers, stuffed to the brim with different wastes, making attempts to clean them from all that abundance of trash formed in the process of human life. 


In unusual photographs below you can see how volunteers clean the canal Savara, Dhaka. Previously, the canals were filled with water, but now these rivers of the region, located 24 kilometers northwest of the capital of Bangladesh, have become more like garbage streams. Mountains of black bags, plastic bottles, empty packaging and household waste simply picked up and completely blocked the canal in Savara. 

The rivers and canals of Dhaleshvari, Banshee and Turag, under the jurisdiction of the municipalities, have been littered with garbage for years. According to the β€œNew Age Bangladesh”, the cleaners of the municipality of Savara performed an operation to clean up rivers and feces from household, plastic, medical, industrial and electronic waste in 50 places. Last year, representatives of the municipality announced that they collect at least 200 tons of waste daily, which accumulate in the lowlands connected to the rivers.

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