A surreal, blood-red river inundated the Indonesian village of Jenggot after floods hit a close-by batik manufacturing facility on Saturday, inflicting a frenzy on social media.
1000’s of customers on Twitter shared images and movies of the village south of Pekalongan metropolis in Central Java being flooded by crimson-coloured water, which some social media customers mentioned reminded them of blood.
“I’m so afraid if this picture will get into the unhealthy fingers of hoax spreaders,” mentioned a Twitter consumer Ayah E Arek-Arek. “Concern mongering narratives about indicators that it’s the finish of the world, bloody rain, and so on.”
Pekalongan is a metropolis recognized for manufacturing batik, a standard Indonesian technique of utilizing wax to withstand water-based dyes to depict patterns and drawings, normally on cloth.
Flood in Central Java. Water turned pink due to pink dye from a batik manufacturing facility <a href=”https://t.co/Ae6bZ48miy”>pic.twitter.com/Ae6bZ48miy</a>
It isn’t unusual for rivers in Pekalongan to show completely different colors. Vibrant inexperienced water coated one other village north of town throughout a flood final month.
“Typically there are purple puddles on the highway too,” mentioned Twitter consumer Space Julid, who claimed to be from the world.
The pinnacle of Pekalongan catastrophe reduction, Dimas Arga Yudha, confirmed that the images being circulated have been actual.
“The pink flood is as a result of batik dye, which has been hit by the flood. It should disappear when it mixes with rain after some time,” he mentioned.
Lower than a month in the past, two massive landslides hit a village in Indonesia’s West Java province, destroying property and killing a minimum of 13 individuals.