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    INTRODUCTION: Industrial pollution is becoming a major problem in Indonesia.

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    GV PAN Fishing village, Jakarta Bay 0.16
    SV Fish being sold on market stall (2 shots)
    SV PAN Children outside house 0.40
    SV INTERIOR Boy lying in armchair PAN TO other children on sofa 0.50
    GV Traffic in Jakarta (2 shots) 1.01
    SV Man carrying crates through streets on back 1.05
    SV Hat stall in streets PAN TO vendor wearing smog mask 1.09
    SV Motorcyclist wearing smog mask 1.14
    GV Cement factory 1.17
    SV Dead and dying vegetation (2 shots) 1.23
    SV PAN Polluted rice fields (3 shots) 1.33
    GV ZOOM SV Waste outlet into river 1.42
    SV PAN Pollution along edge of river 1.50
    GV Man washing clothes in river 1.54
    SV Women washing in river 2.05
    GV Children playing in river 2.11

    Background: JAKARTA, INDONESIA

    INTRODUCTION: Industrial pollution is becoming a major problem in Indonesia. When President Suharto marked World Pollution Day recently he warned that Indonesia must take action to avoid repeating that mistakes of the industrialised world which had been forced to spend large sums to clean up pollution. But some experts fear it may be too late.

    SYNOPSIS: Jakarta Bay provides this city of six million inhabitants with 85 per cent of their fish. But experts say it may be dangerously polluted with industrial wastes which are being dumped into rivers which flow into the sea.

    Water samples from one of the rivers contained 62 times the amount of mercury considered safe by international standards.

    Last year 13 children died in this fishing village north of Jakarta. Local people have blamed their deaths on food contaminated by the Bay's waters.

    The children in this family are sluggish and their growth is stunted. These are symptoms of mercury poisoning which can lead to coma and death.

    Indonesia's booming economy -- thanks to its oil resources -- has led to an increase in traffic in the bustling streets of Jakarta. And this had led to another type of pollution. The exhaust fumes from thousands of vehicles make it a wise precaution for street salesmen and motorcyclists to wear improvised smog masks.

    Dust from this cement works in said to be responsible for choking much of the surrounding vegetation and killing it off.

    These rice fields have suffered from industrially polluted water which has drained into them and ruined the crop.

    Industrial waste drains into the main rivers from chemical factories which lie along their banks. Legislation is being drafted to force the factories to ensure that the wastes they dump are free from pollutants.

    But in the meantime the river is being used by a large section of the community. For washing their clothes and their bodies.

    If the laws are passed one day it may be safe children to play here.


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