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Clogged drains blamed as source of flooding in Depok

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 5, 2018   /   06:16 pm
Clogged drains blamed as source of flooding in Depok Trash fills the Laya River in Depok, West Java, on Dec. 4. (kompas.com/ Cynthia Lova)

Rivers in the West Java city of Depok are overflowing with trash, causing flooding amid the rainy season, an official has said.

Depok Public Works and Housing Agency head Manto said on Wednesday that the floods that hit the Taman Duta housing complex in Sukmajaya on Tuesday were mainly caused by a clogged drainage system and clogged rivers.

"As the trash is piling up, the rain continues to pour, so the water from the rivers overflows. Moreover, the housing complex is located on a curve," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

He added that a team from the agency had been deployed on many occasions to clean trash from the rivers, which were filled with household waste such as plastic bottles and Styrofoam containers. Despite this, the rivers are still heavily polluted.

"There has to be an awareness [campaign] as [littering] violates regulations on waste management. [People] should have separated organic and non-organic waste as they have economic value," he said. (fac)