The Worlds Dirtiest River

Channel 4 / Unreported World

Unreported World – The Worlds Dirtiest River

The Indonesian island of Java is home to the planet’s most polluted river and a textile industry supplying some of the world’s biggest fashion brands.

Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Hugo Ward expose the extraordinary amount of untreated toxic waste from the textile factories, non-degradable plastics, household rubbish, dead animals and fish and human effluent blanketing the Citarum river, which 35 million people rely on for drinking, cooking and washing.

The team accompanies former fisherman Herman and his son as they push their boat through rubbish so thick that they can’t see the surface of the river.