Tue, 24 Jun 2003

Rain, smog sour city celebration

PEKANBARU, Riau: Pekanbaru's 219th anniversary celebration on Monday was spoiled by a heavy downpour and thick haze.

Antara reported visibility in the Riau capital was restricted to just 100 meters, forcing motorists to slow down.

Later heavy rain caused drains in many parts of the city to overflow and flood the roads, with putrid garbage left everywhere as a result.

On the eve of the anniversary on Sunday evening, thousands of people took to the city's main thoroughfare of Jl. Gadjah Mada, where the festivities were centered. Mayor Herman Abdullah joined the celebrations.

A number of performances were staged during the party, which ended at midnight.