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Task force probes black, smelly water in Citarum

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Two Indonesian boys salvage items from the polluted Citarum river in Bojongsoang, Bandung regency on February 19, 2019. (AFP/Timur Matahari)

A task force in charge of cleaning up the Citarum River has started investigating the cause of the black and foul-smelling water in a section of West Java's longest – and dirtiest – river. The team had inspected the river starting from sector 16, said Maj. Gen. Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, the head of the Citarum Harum task force. Dedi said the river's water condition was still normal from Walahar to Klari in Karawang regency. "We've done digging near the river. The water turns black and smelly from Klari downstream," Dedi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. According to reports, the water in the Citarum River in the Karawang area has been black and emitting a strong odor since Friday. Fish in the river have reportedly died as a result of the pollution. Theories put forward to explain the phenomenon include the possibility that river sediment...