Built on the confluence of 13 rivers, Jakarta’s history has been one involving vigorous trade with countries around the world. During the Dutch colonial era in the early 17th Century onwards, a network of canals was built that helped relieve the city from flooding which, at that time, only occasionally affected the city.

Today, that network of canals has fallen into disrepair and all of the rivers and canals have become choked with pollution. Residents readily throw...
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