Jakarta: A surreal, blood-red river swamped the Indonesian town of Jenggot after floods struck a close-by batik factory on Saturday, triggering a craze on social networks.
Thousands of users on Twitter shared images and videos of the town south of Pekalongan city in Central Java being flooded by crimson-coloured water, which some social networks users stated advised them of blood.
“I am so afraid if this photo gets into the bad hands of hoax spreaders,” stated a Twitter user Ayah E Arek-Arek “Fear mongering narratives about signs that it is the end of the world, bloody rain etc”.
Pekalongan is a city understood for making batik, a conventional Indonesian approach of utilizing wax to withstand water-based dyes to illustrate patterns and illustrations, generally on material.
It is not unusual for rivers in Pekalongan to turn various colours. Bright green water covered another town north of the city throughout a flood last month.
“Sometimes there are purple puddles on the road too,” stated Twitter user Area Julid, who declared to be from the location.
The head of Pekalongan catastrophe relief, Dimas Arga Yudha, verified that the images being flowed were genuine.
“The red flood is due to the batik dye, which has been hit by the flood. It will disappear when it mixes with rain after a while,” he stated.