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Rain catcher village in North Jakarta feels pinch of dry spell

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, July 28, 2019   /  01:33 pm
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Local resident Khomariah, 49, checks the pipe used to collect rainwater next to her house in a fishing village in Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on July 13.(JP/Donny Fernando)

For as long as the residents of the fishing village in Kamal Muara, North Jakarta remember, they have always relied on rainwater for their daily needs. A network of pipes that start at funnels on house rooftops to collect raindrops to store the water in blue plastic barrels. The homemade system has been the main source of clean water the residents have used for their daily needs for years, which gave their community a special moniker: the "rain catcher village". However, the barrels in their yards have been running empty these past two months. No drops of water touch the bottom of them since the dry season hit some areas in the capital since May. Similar to other parts of Jakarta, under normal circumstances rain likely brings disaster to the village as it is no stranger to widespread flooding and the rate of land subsidence is among the highest in the city. Reside...