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Hundreds of suckermouth catfish found dead in polluted Cileungsi River

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 30, 2019   /  08:43 am
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Hundreds of suckermouth catfish were found dead in the Cileungsi River in Bogor, West Java, during an inspection carried out by the Jakarta Ombudsman on Tuesday.(Courtesy of Ombudsman Jakarta/-)

Hundreds of suckermouth catfish in the Cileungsi River in Bogor, West Java, were found dead, allegedly because of pollution, during an inspection on Tuesday. Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho said the inspection was carried out in several spots of the river where it was suspected the pollution originated, namely the Wika Bridge, the Narogong Bridge in the border areas of Bogor regency and Bekasi City, and the Pocong Bridge. “At the last location, we found hundreds of dead suckermouth catfish. In addition, the water of the river is blackened, smelly and foamy,” Teguh said in a media statement released on Wednesday. Teguh said the fish were usually quite resistant to pollutants from domestic waste and that the deaths could be an indication of worsening pollution in the Cileungsi River. He suspected that the pollution was chemical waste discarded by factories in t...