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Ciliwung riverbank residents pile up sacks of stones as 'reclamation' for extra space

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  06:13 am
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Residents living on the Ciliwung riverbank near Tebet in South Jakarta go about their daily businesss on Saturday. They have expanded their living space by piling sacks of stones as a foundation.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

Some residents living along a section of the Ciliwung River in Jakarta have reportedly been placing sacks of stones on the riverbanks to extend their living space, causing the river to narrow and flow faster. When The Jakarta Post arrived on Saturday, the back parts of some houses were standing on piles of sacks, yet some residents said some other piles were used only to resist landslides. Around 120 kilometers long, the Ciliwung River is the main river into which tributaries run from across the capital city. The section where the sacks are found sits in between Jl. Manggarai Selatan in Tebet district, South Jakarta and Jl. Kebon Pala in Jatinegara district, East Jakarta. The Post noticed there were sacks of stones on both sides. A number of widened points on the riverbank on the side of Jl. Kebon Pala were seen with sacks stretching as far as 5 meters from the...