Indonesia: Muddy Hell by Chris Stowers

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Workers erecting a rattan fence to be filled with stone and earth, part of a dam being strengthened against the rising tide of mud flow (the centre of which can be seen as the rising cloud of steam in the distance). Since May 2006, more than 10,000 people in the Porong subdistrict of Sidoarjo have been displaced by hot mud flowing from a natural gas well that was being drilled by the oil company Lapindo Brantas. The torrent of mud - up to 125,000 cubic metres per day - continued to flow three years later.