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The glittering lights of Las Vegas shine in stark contrast to the life that exists below it. Hundreds of people still inhabit the city’s flood tunnel network, which stretches for over 200 miles. Some lost their homes while others simply felt life was safer in the tunnels. Most of their furniture and other amenities come from things thrown away by people living above.
The Romanian capital of Bucharest has hundreds of people living in the sewers, particularly around its main train station. Many of the children eventually found a home in the sewers, where the warmth of the steam pumps helped them endure the harsh Romanian winters. They were once led by a man called Florin Cora, who the media dubbed the “King of the Sewers”. Referred to as “father” by the younger generation, he gave money and food to those who brought him whatever they managed to acquire, from scrap metal to telephones and laptops.
It would seem that the Russian capital has a penchant for underground towns. In another raid an entire underground factory was discovered beneath the city’s Cherkizovsky Market.They found work rooms with sewing machines, which meant that the purpose of the complex was to produce clothes. However, there were also living quarters, a cinema, a casino, a café and, oddly enough, a chicken coop.
Up until 1967, it wasn’t known that Matmata, a small town in the south of Tunisia, had regular settlements. In the late 1960s there was heavy rainfall, for more than three weeks, which caused many of the troglodyte homes to collapse. That’s how their underground way of living was discovered.
The “rat tribe” is a term that’s used in reference to people in Chinese cities who live in underground accommodations. Officials claim there are close to 300,000 people living in Beijing’s underground, but the number’s widely believed to be much higher.
More than a century ago, a teenager found opal gemstones in a desert-like region of southern Australia. The site of his discovery would eventually turn into Coober Pedy, the “Opal Capital of the World”. In the summer, scorching temperatures can surpass 110 Fahrenheit, there’s no cloud coverage or rainfall and the humidity is very low.