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Over 50 Dead From Drinking Bootleg Liquor In Jakarta

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JAKARTA – More than 50 people have died in little more than a week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta, officials said.

In the latest incident, 20 people died between Thursday and yesterday in the Cicalengka subdistrict near the West Java capital of Bandung.

Head of the state-run hospital in Cicalengka, Yani Sumpena, said that 19 people died at the hospital and one was dead on arrival.

In total, some 40 people were admitted with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and unconsciousness, and several are still being treated, Sumpena said.

High taxes on alcohol have spawned a black market for booze among the poor in Indonesia. – AP

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