Fascinating short film about the inhabitants of Ubay Island in the Philippines. After an earthquake in 2013 lowered the island by a metre, the island is flooded by the sea at high tide for four hours a day. The islanders were offered relocation on the mainland but opted to stay. Some houses have been raised (using mined coral which has had a knock on effect of lowering fish catches). In some ways it is lucky that not everyone can afford to do that. But for those families that can’t they actually live in seawater every day. School continues during high tides. Box jellyfish are a hazard as is raw sewage. Vegetables now have to be grown in containers raised above the high tide and collecting rainwater for drinking and washing etc. is now more complicated. More information in this article.
Living in the sea – virtually – Philippines – ech2o newsletter snippet