At least 45 people have died and dozens more are being treated in hospitals in Indonesia after drinking illegally produced alcohol.

According to BBC News, police said the death toll is likely to rise, with fatalities recorded in several provinces in recent days.

Spirits bought on the black market in the Muslim-majority country can contain lethal amounts of methanol.

Police are conducting raids on properties across the country and at least nine people have been arrested.

Some 100 people are believed to have consumed the bootleg alcohol, police said today, with many of them in critical condition in hospital.



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