An article by Arya Dipa, The Jakarta Post.

A lack of law enforcement personnel and evidence have hampered the Environment Ministry in its attempts to solve cases of environmental damage in the Citarum River, West Java, an official at the ministry said on Thursday.

The Citarum River, along with Chernobyl in Ukraine, has been listed as one of the world’s 10 most polluted places in an annual report released by the environmental organization Green Cross Switzerland and international nonprofit organization the Blacksmith Institute on Monday.

The river, the largest water basin on Java, is the key water source for West Java and Jakarta. The water from the river basin is used for irrigation, agriculture, fisheries, industry and hydropower.

Textile factories in Bandung and Cimahi have been blamed for contributing to pollution in the 297-kilometer river.

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