Fascinating. Cesspool alrite.
Hey Jexkpat , suggest you start drinking imported bottled water.
"With virtually no sewerage system or waste treatment plants, most of Jakarta's liquid waste is left to flow downriver to the sea or is kept in septic tanks."
"Around 70 percent of the water in Indonesia's cities is contaminated with domestic waste, with 78 percent of Jakarta's river deemed polluted as of 2006, according to data provided by the administration."
There are more than a million septic tanks in Jakarta, which has a population of almost 10 million people.
ah, topography! Now I understand.
As far as I know, Indonesia is a nation of islands and archipelago. I can name Java, Bali, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sumatra, Celebes (Sulawesi), Timor and Komodo off the top of my head. But let's focus on Island of Java, where you live. It is mountainous, accounting for many a Garuda Airliners with questionable maintenance records flown by equally questionable pilots to crash into its hillsides.
Jakarta is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the sheer density and weight of populace has made much of the city to sink below sea level, resulting in frequent sewer backflows and rampant floods. As noted in an earlier thread topic, majority of the citizens are without access to clean water. Trash piles up everywhere, as a result of city's infrastructure unable to catch up with ever-growing migration from other islands. The trash mounds mimic volcanic mountain range of the island as self-combusting trash mountains further enhance the island's landscape.
Yes, now I see why you could not imagine what I had drawn. The hillsides and mountaintops are indeed dangerous, what with crashing airliners and volcanoes, both natural and man-made.
My bad, and thanks for the opportunity to understand the country beyond 'Bengawan Solo'