BANDUNG: Over 60 Indonesians are dead and dozens have been hospitalised from drinking illegal homemade alcohol, authorities said Monday, with the toll steadily climbing.
Police conducted raids in cities across the world’s biggest Muslim majority country to arrest vendors selling the cheap homebrew. Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam and alcohol is available in big cities.
But high taxes make it expensive so poorly paid workers sometimes turn to potentially dangerous homemade alcohol. In 2016, 36 people died in Central Java after drinking locally-bought homebrew.
In the latest incidents, the numbers of deaths – including eight in Papua – has been rising over the past week, with the death toll standing at 62 on Monday, according to police and a hospital in West Java.