There are places on Earth where you will understand that traffic jams, bad weather or cold are far from the worst thing that can be. In this article, we will tell you what people who live in truly terrible conditions have to put up with.
The city of La Rinconada in Peru
Not far from the border of Peru and Bolivia, in the mountains, at an altitude of five and a half kilometers above the ground, there is a small village. The temperature in this place rarely rises above zero, in the rarefied air there is a lack of oxygen, and therefore people living in the village constantly feel tired. There are practically no plants at such a height.
Locals huddle in small metal barracks. In the town there are no normal sanitary conditions and the sanitary service itself, there is no sewerage, garbage has to be thrown directly into the street. The roads are in a terrible state, and the water contains harmful mercury. In addition, floods, accidental explosions, as well as leaks of various chemicals are not uncommon in this area.
Residents of the town can entertain themselves in only one way - by drinking alcohol, which they successfully do. Alcoholism in these parts is flourishing and beats, perhaps, all world records.
But despite the fact that it is very difficult to live in such a climate, and health will certainly be harmed, people are still coming and arriving in this city. This is due to the fact that about 20 years ago a gold mine was found in the mountains, and there were not so few people who wanted to get gold.
Indian city of Cherrapunji
This city is located on the border of Meghalaya and Bangladesh and is considered to be the rainiest place in the whole world. The southwest monsoon passes by it, so the largest average daily rainfall is recorded here.
Meanwhile, rains do not pour in Cherrapunji daily, as out of 12 months of the year, seven months are drought. But in the remaining five months, the downpours go almost non-stop.
In the XIX century, the British built a military base in these places, but the idea was unsuccessful: the servicemen repeatedly tried to commit suicide, suffered from depression and complained about the inability to live in such conditions. Whereas the locals still tolerate weather conditions relatively easily! The only serious problem for them is the lack of drinking water.
Indonesian city of Yogyakarta
Near the island of Java there are many active volcanoes, but this does not prevent the inhabitants of Indonesia from living in this area. Especially desperate are the indigenous people of the city of Yogyakarta, which is located directly on the volcano.
Despite the fact that the settlement geographically belongs to Indonesia, in fact it is a separate mini-state ruled by a sultan. The population of Yogyakarta is about four hundred thousand people. Volcanic eruptions occur regularly, accompanied not only by earthquakes that take human lives, but also by tsunamis. However, brave inhabitants elevate the Volcano Merapi to the status of a kind of deity and worship him, because it is thanks to the volcano that the soil in these parts is famous for its fertility.
Ethiopian city of Dallol
Now this city is no longer there, but half a century ago people lived in it. Later, the Americans tried to extract potassium carbonate in Dallol, but the idea did not materialize and production had to be closed.
A feature of this area are frequent earthquakes, abnormal heat and periodic sandstorms. The land in Dallol does not differ in fertility and is absolutely unsuitable for growing any crops.
Meanwhile, the city is considered an iconic place, because, according to legend, the Afar basin in which it is located is one of those places where humanity was born.
Chilean city of San Pedro de Atacama
This small town is located on the very edge of the Atacama Desert, which is the most arid and waterless on the planet. However, tourists show increased interest in this area, and the city of San Pedro de Atacama is one of the three most visited places in the country.
In the city, nothing grows and there is no water, so many wonder for what purpose it was built. Due to natural features in this desert area there can be no clouds, even microbes are absent here! And in the water, which can still be found in the vicinity, contains arsenic, so it is impossible to drink it. But now, because of the large influx of travelers in the city, a factory has been built in which water is filtered, so living in San Pedro de Atacama has become much easier.
Why a strange city in the desert is so attractive to tourists, no one can answer. In the town, it is forbidden to drink alcoholic beverages and there is no nightlife familiar to many. As for the views opening from the city, it is only a desert and craters of volcanoes. Some say that nature in those parts resembles the surface of Mars, but it does not become more attractive because of this.