A year ago, at the start of the climbing season for Mount Everest, 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain. The season was over for foreign climbers, and the disaster led to demands for better pay for the locals who make the ascents possible, and larger payouts to the families of those who were killed. A new season is about to begin, and the lost are remembered in Nepal.
A Rio government report from 2013 stated that 5,500 people live on the streets in Rio, not including those who live in shelters or lack stable housing. Close to 40 percent of the street dwellers in the study were found to lack identification, limiting their access to public services. Getty photographer Mario Tama captured day-to-day life of these people in a series of photographs.
It’s that time of year again – a sure sign of springtime when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom.
Earlier this month, in its first major eruption in 15 years, the Villarrica volcano, located in the border between the regions of La Auracania and Los Rios Region, in southern Chile, forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash. And now, it’s showing activity again.
It may not be Christmastime, but the reindeer were out in full force for the Reindeer Herder’s Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, the day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, reindeer races.
From the Iguacu Falls in Brazil to the Nile River in Egypt, Associated Press photographers the world over set out to capture the beauty and majesty of humankind’s most precious resource ahead of World Water Day on Sunday.
We often take it for granted, but fresh water is one element we must always have nearby. – Associated Press photos