Village submerged by red water after flood hits batik factory

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An Indonesian village has been inundated by blood-red water after flooding hit a local batik factory.

The crimson dye was released through the street of Jenggot in central Java on Saturday. The area, south of the city of Pekalongan, is famed for its traditional wax and dye batik textiles. Thousands of social media users shared images of the colored water washing through the village. A local relief official confirmed they were genuine.

“The red flood is due to the batik dye, which has been hit by the flood,” Dimas Arga Yudha told Reuters news agency. “It will disappear when it mixes with rain after a while.”

People ride motorbikes through a flooded road with red water due to the dye-waste from cloth factories, in Pekalongan, Central Java province, Indonesia
people in Indonesia riding two-wheelers in red water.

Rivers in Pekalongan have previously changed color due to the dyes used in making batik designs, with bright green waters flooding another village last month, according to Reuters. Indonesia is frequently hit by flooding, with at least 43 people killed following a storm that hit the capital Jakarta earlier this year.

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