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Boys play a pillow-fighting game called “gebuk kasur” during celebrations for Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day along Kalimalang river in Jakarta, Indonesia on Monday
Nepalese boy Santosh Nepali washes himself at a damaged water spout in Thamel, Kathmandu, on Thursday. The historic spout was damaged during April earthquake
A man floats in the waters filled with algae at a beach in Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province. The algal phenomenon, an annual occurrence in Qingdao, is usually caused by an abundance of nutrients in the water, especially phosphorus
A young boy walks between fountains, in Nice, southeastern France, Tuesday. Temperatures in the area rose to 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit)
Contestants jump into the water pit during the women’s 3000m steeplechase finals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore on Friday
An Indian rickshaw driver takes a bath using water from a leaking pipe as it flows through a drain beneath on a hot summer morning in Allahabad, India on Thursday
Shivarti, the second wife of Namdeo, holds her grandson while carrying metal pitchers filled with water from a well in Maharashtra, India. In Denganmal, a village in Maharashtra state, some men take a second or third wife just to make sure their households have enough drinking water. Becoming what are known as “water wives” allows the women, often widows or single mothers, to regain respect in conservative rural India by carrying water from the well quite some distance from the remote village.
An Afghan youth dives into a ditch of muddy water to beat the heat on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province
A man lies on the ground as Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse protestors during a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Friday. Turkish police on used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters marking May Day in the Besiktas district of Istanbul as they tried to move towards the Taksim Square protest hub of Istanbul
A girl stands in a queue to fill her container with water near the makeshift shelters after Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday
A passenger bathes a child using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Temperatures in Allahabad on Thursday reached to 42 degree Celsius
People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province, China
Revellers take part in a water fight during Songkran festival celebrations at Silom road in Bangkok on Monday. The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand’s traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck.
Construction workers begin demolition of a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Hayward, California as the state enters its fourth year of drought. Some residents are having their pools removed as they face a mandatory 25% reduction in water use.
A Yemeni woman pushes a wheelbarrow with jerry cans full of water, after collecting them from a water tap in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday.
Syrians carry water as they walk on a road near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing several Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps
A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as others fill water containers at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, Bekaa valley, Lebanon, today.
Palestinian men try to prevent flood water from entering shops in the old city of Hebron on Thursday as a fierce winter storm which has been battering the region for the past four days