From a Missing Airplane to Houses in Ashes

Burnt houses by Ruptly

My best buddies on this assignment:

  • Trash bag – it protected my camera and rig from remaining water cannons and water sprouts from broken pipes and rain.
  • My pair of Converse shoes – it stood hot piles of debris and the murky puddles of charred wood, earth and ashes.
  • Rain coat (which I gave out to evacuees)

To get to the core of this burnt 2.5-hectare settlement, I had to get through a still-hot and smoking remains of a house, come out of a window to the river dike and get through another rubble at the end of it then go through isles of debris. Everything is hot and smoking, if not wet, and the result–surreal.

See the fire.

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