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Anything from loudspeakers to diapers found in Jakarta rivers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:52 am

Sukatma, 34, still shivers whenever he remembers the body of a newborn baby he found recently in Baru River in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, during his daily routine as one of the workers for the water unit with the Jakarta Environment Agency.

“Last month, we found the body of a newborn baby here among the trash. We immediately reported our finding to our supervisor, who in turn told the local neighborhood unit [RT] and the police,” Sukatma told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Sukatma and his 60-odd coworkers are tasked with cleaning 15 rivers and canals as well as two lakes in Jagakarsa. They literally get their hands dirty by scooping up trash from the water.

“The agency provides us with tools like rakes, sickles, hoes, ropes, gloves, boots and more,” Sukatma said.

He said the workers usually surveyed the rivers and lakes before installing orange buoys to tr...