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The Indonesian paradise reduced to waste and toxic chemicals

Believe it or not, 35 million people are still relying on this river for drinking and washing. The river in question? The Citarum in Java, Indonesia. It’s now thought to be the dirtiest river in the world, with reports claiming that household waste, toxic chemicals and even dead animals are among the things you’ll find floating around. ‘Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury’.

Via The Daily Mail

A man sits in a small canoe in the waters of the Citarum River, Indonesia
The Citarum River in Indonesia is considered to be the dirtiest in the world
A man sits in a small canoe in the waters of the Citarum River, Indonesia

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.