Why Jakarta is sinking

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The 400-year curse dragging Indonesia's capital into the sea.
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Like many coastal cities around the world, Jakarta is dealing with sea level rise. But Indonesia's biggest city also has a unique problem: Because of restricted water access in the city, the majority of its residents have to extract groundwater to survive. And it's causing the city to sink. Today, Jakarta is the world’s fastest-sinking city.
The problem gets worse every year, but the root of it precedes modern Indonesia by centuries. In the 1600s, when the Dutch landed in Indonesia and built present-day Jakarta, they divided up the city to segregate the population. Eventually, that segregation led to an unequal water piping system that excluded most Indigenous Jakartans, forcing them to find other ways to get water.
To understand how it all ties together, and what’s in store for Jakarta’s future, watch the video above.
Sources and further reading:
If you want to learn more about the development of Jakarta’s urban water supply going all the way back to colonial times, check out Michelle Kooy’s detailed reports:
To understand Jakarta’s colonial history and the segregation that came of it, check out this article from the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art: jhna.org/articles/dutch-batavia-exposing-hierarchy-dutch-colonial-city/
To read about the evolution of the canals the Dutch built in present-day Jakarta and how their deterioration impacted water access and segregation, here’s a study from Dr. Euis Puspita Dewi, who we feature in the video:
To get a broader look at the many other cities sinking in Indonesia, check out this article by Dr. Estelle Chaussard: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0034425712003975
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Vox 7 dagar sedan
Hello! We have translated subtitles available in Bahasa Indonesia. You can access them through the settings icon > Subtitles/CC Thanks for watching, and let me know what other colonial histories you want to see explained next in the comments. Thanks, Christina, Video Producer
Dolores Gutierrez
Dolores Gutierrez 23 minuter sedan
MV A # d lot ,loid.
Han FuJIN 7 timmar sedan
Elsa van Aswegen
Elsa van Aswegen Dag sedan
If you look at the charts. The sinking of the city is a result of over population among other things
kevin sanjaya
kevin sanjaya Dag sedan
as indonesian this particular problem never being aired in our national television, but foreign media always give a information about this problem maybe most of indonesian will never know about jakarta is sinking. so thank you Vox.
andre chapman
andre chapman Dag sedan
Can you do one on my country Guyana they say it's sinking
AFRO_ CRAFT 28 minuter sedan
Hidup gini amat, itulah kehidupan
Old Coot
Old Coot 43 minuter sedan
Ok, you all. I have a question. Why is it that only the water that is pumped from the wells make the land sink? Doesn't the water provided from the pipes come from the same aquifers? Anybody know?
Expose The Truth
Expose The Truth Timme sedan
Because Nibiru is coming!!
Calvert Atisha
Calvert Atisha Timme sedan
Za Eni
Za Eni 2 timmar sedan
The average curler nationally worry because wall arthroscopically treat towards a abashed eggnog. hapless, panicky crocus
Prince V&G
Prince V&G 2 timmar sedan
It kinda concerns me that jakarta might go under water,bcs recently we are experiencing heavy rains and that the floods will ho up to almost a-chin-high wich is really,i was really concerned about the poor. But, there are good news that the water in jakarta is starting to shrink and also around surabaya's village, the people that lives in that village gets like 700k-2miliion dollars per person so there are so good things happening now
JEANICE AB 2 timmar sedan
Is not real,you look SCBD Jakarta
Mini M
Mini M Timme sedan
SCBD is TINY- only around 50 hectares. And even there, many of the skyscrapers are extracting groundwater. What a hopeless city
omarp690 2 timmar sedan
Half of this worlds problems came from colonialism. The legacy of European colonialism still haunts to this day
Tanki Wolf
Tanki Wolf 2 timmar sedan
Proud of my history🇳🇱
Sorin Gabriel Greciuc
Sorin Gabriel Greciuc 2 timmar sedan
WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! So you're saying that lack of water caused a flowding? *BEST IRONY I EVER HEARD*
LuckyHearts777 2 timmar sedan
You shouldn't have children/grandchildren when you're living in poverty and don't have access to basic needs?!
Budi Sutanto
Budi Sutanto 3 timmar sedan
Moving the capital will help. A lot of people have jobs that's connected with the government. They will move, following the capital city.
Rey De Guzman
Rey De Guzman 3 timmar sedan
The solution is intuitive, yet complicated by people and their synthetic systems. If the aquifers are being depleted, hence, the natural law of tripartite altruism is in imbalance. So what do they need to do? Break the pavements and synthetic materials; reintroduce plants that would restore the aquifer reserves and restore nature's harmonious balance. Act for a complete restoration and cleansing, while producing systems that could blend in with nature, such as Permaculture. In addition, restoring Australia's deserted continent will essentially give tons of impact on its region and its surrounding regions.
Sleepy Jones
Sleepy Jones 3 timmar sedan
Wow the Dutch were smart people they were doing all that way back then
Kid B
Kid B 3 timmar sedan
So in short: We, as in the 'Dutch', found another way to ruin something for another group, yet, don't feel the need to fix it or even admit it happened
Tanki Wolf
Tanki Wolf 2 timmar sedan
AgentWuT 3 timmar sedan
Who ever is peeing in the sea stop it
FusionSenpai 3 timmar sedan
Dang, imagine if the canals were maintained. it could be the Amsterdam of SEA.
Perfect Fresco
Perfect Fresco 3 timmar sedan
There’s too many people in Jakarta and the whole island of Java. There should be a mass exodus of the island and let nature take over again.
Martin Hiscocks
Martin Hiscocks 3 timmar sedan
What sea level rise? the sea cannot rise in one area and not another! there is no evidence of sea level rise in South Wales in the UK.
aryan 3 timmar sedan
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Avishkar Wankhede
Avishkar Wankhede 4 timmar sedan
Allah will save u don't worry😂
ivy ƚ
ivy ƚ 4 timmar sedan
subhash pni
subhash pni 4 timmar sedan
Indonesia n ancient culture. bali,s ugreva.garuda cudint seen
Bao Anh Nguyen
Bao Anh Nguyen 4 timmar sedan
As usual, there's a colonial power involved.
RedRibbonZX 4 timmar sedan
I think the Dutch did setup the background, but it seems this narrative focusing too much on blaming the Dutch. Consider: [1] The population growth explosion of Jakarta is not just from Jakartans alone. Indonesian government focused too much on building Jakarta. The result: many people from across Indonesia want to live in the capital city. [2] Ground water is seen as cheaper option. Build the ground water pump, then free water for live. With piped water you'd pay subscription and consumption fee. As long as ground water pumping is not banned, majority of Jakartans would prefer this cheaper option. [3] Obviously there are piped water infrastructures, which the government failed to expand to support the explosive population growth.
Tanki Wolf
Tanki Wolf 2 timmar sedan
Balbal Bulbul
Balbal Bulbul 4 timmar sedan
Ngarep amat keknya jakarta tenggelem nih cebong 😅 iri dengki yg luar biasa.. 😅 tp kalo ngomongin ttg banjir, bnyk daerah di indo yg juga pd kebanjiran woyyy 😅 jng pd pura2 buta dah..
In Out
In Out 4 timmar sedan
What goverment doing?!
dalton gabel
dalton gabel 4 timmar sedan
Anybody feel like they've had this video in their recommended for months just to find out it has only been there for 1 week lol
Anangh M K
Anangh M K 4 timmar sedan
I thought it was due to global warming ,,,,
mysterious questions
mysterious questions 4 timmar sedan
I thought it said stinking and I was like waaat
warambak 5 timmar sedan
Jakarta banjir; Anis ; Air hujan itu masuk k tnah bukan d buang k laut...😐
Roy Saputro
Roy Saputro 5 timmar sedan
Ya Tuhan Semoga Allah ampuni dan tolong kita semua amin
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 5 timmar sedan
Bisa salah belanda gimana?
Roy Saputro
Roy Saputro 5 timmar sedan
Mungkin gara gara belanda?!
Manoj Thapa
Manoj Thapa 5 timmar sedan
why can’t they make drinkable water out of the sea water by purifying it or something 🤔
Perfect Fresco
Perfect Fresco 3 timmar sedan
Desalination is too expensive
Shin Shu
Shin Shu 5 timmar sedan
Texposure It
Texposure It 5 timmar sedan
Itu Cuma Genangan Bukan Banjir.....
Khor Jing Yan
Khor Jing Yan 5 timmar sedan
Remember, 10MILLION people lives in jakarta, in an area about 7000km^2. Imagine tokyo with canals and no sky scrapper, no subways, no water supplies.
MIM NAHAR 6 timmar sedan
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 5 timmar sedan
Wdym nice? Their country capital city is sinking and respond it nice?
Nobody 6 timmar sedan
I don't feel safe.. I mean.. isn't the whole world already sinking?
Ricardo8388 6 timmar sedan
Old news. The question Why? Because the goverment doenst take any action to reduce the groundwater usage. Politicians push the solutions year after year. They dont want to take responsibility. 25 cm isnt even the worst. Some spots sink 1 meter per year.
Hussain Pardawala
Hussain Pardawala 6 timmar sedan
Sad to see the impacts of colonisation all across the world till date, be it Asia, Africa or Southern American. The colonizers should be made to pay!
Rashid Abdul
Rashid Abdul 6 timmar sedan
Stil got time.
Jack Belk
Jack Belk 6 timmar sedan
Build in a swamp and water will be your neighbor.
Jose Lozada
Jose Lozada 6 timmar sedan
Is so sad
BBB TV 7 timmar sedan
new jakarta 2021
Lily Berana
Lily Berana 7 timmar sedan
They shoul make a drain
Zafira Chowdhury
Zafira Chowdhury 7 timmar sedan
People come my to this country for pretty pictures but look what’s happening
Tempesttree 7 timmar sedan
Move. And stop breading.
Dhani Trianggara
Dhani Trianggara 7 timmar sedan
Dari setiap kota yang terdampak banjir mungkin sanitasi penyaluran atau pembuangan air dari banjir kurang diperbaiki.
Rusdayati Yus
Rusdayati Yus 7 timmar sedan
No.. Jakarta isnot Sinking😊💙Our lovely city is always wonderful even maybe sometimes flood coming in Rainy season,but our goverment can handle it,hope in the future our goverment will found the perfect solution to made our city became more comfortable and safe from the flood
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 4 timmar sedan
Nope, your capital city is sinking and need a quick help to stop it, just look at those poor people, they are dying because they have no home to live in the next future event, you can't just happy about it, and the government sir Jokowi can't easily find a good solution to stop the flood for the society
Ahmad Taufiq Rahim
Ahmad Taufiq Rahim 7 timmar sedan
Soo, we blame government?
안상윤 7 timmar sedan
Heal the world For a better place
Heal the world For a better place 7 timmar sedan
colonials are Wicked! They poisoned much of counties.
Latte Coffee
Latte Coffee 7 timmar sedan
I watched many versions of Jakarta is sinking. But this one is more clear and the only one got historical background. I wish my neighbour capital city country residents safe and sound.
Lucifer 7 timmar sedan
Sounds like a government problem
Gian Michael Pinca
Gian Michael Pinca 7 timmar sedan
So it's the Dutch?. Lol.
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 4 timmar sedan
How come its the dutch fault?
Chandra Sekhar
Chandra Sekhar 7 timmar sedan
What a great effort to teach people how to be a victims. Your not helping the situation here. You silly woke philosophy videos, get a life .
hihi hihi
hihi hihi 7 timmar sedan
Jakarta! Nuuuuuu! Jakarta is sinking Like dying 😢😭😭
Bayu weking yt
Bayu weking yt 8 timmar sedan
aku nyasar
iAm Pharaoh
iAm Pharaoh 8 timmar sedan
This is what they do... come into our lands, move us out, destroy it, then come to where we migrate, take that, then tell us to go back where we came from. Smh
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 4 timmar sedan
By Whom?
John Arnold
John Arnold 8 timmar sedan
I thought the Capitol is being moved. When?
Zen Reos
Zen Reos 8 timmar sedan
Bruh next thing we know jakarta is building a floating city
Free Thought
Free Thought 8 timmar sedan
Its why Indonesia is re-locating a new capital city.
Gaming Lagi
Gaming Lagi 8 timmar sedan
good explanation and easy to understand, thanks vox🙏
Rex Appleby
Rex Appleby 8 timmar sedan
Money is how a society allocates scarce resources such as in this case piped water and land. If you have enough of it you can buy access to those scarce resources. It's not by accident that poor people don't have those resources. They don't because society/the government has decided/allowed scarce resources to be allocated in this way.
evan griffith
evan griffith 8 timmar sedan
The keen octopus coincidently borrow because health spontaneously vanish given a ajar jar. heady, makeshift sailboat
Buliung Daniels
Buliung Daniels 8 timmar sedan
because its again sunnatulloh
kenza jeff
kenza jeff 8 timmar sedan
The jakarta is siking
Taufiq Hendartomi
Taufiq Hendartomi 9 timmar sedan
Gak bisa bahasa Inggris :(
Owen Lantu
Owen Lantu 9 timmar sedan
Hopefully in the future Jakarta will be free from the floods that have troubled the people of Jakarta. They have suffered a lot.
rozak fassah
rozak fassah 8 timmar sedan
They will, because they will be underwater
Ryan Cadeer
Ryan Cadeer 9 timmar sedan
usually this usually happens at every beginning of the year
Abhijeet Raushan
Abhijeet Raushan 9 timmar sedan
Good Thing need to speed a bit.
•Ronnz• 9 timmar sedan
You dont have to provide alternatives if most of the people drowned
InTheDream 9 timmar sedan
so, anies is 100% right, no doubt. The people of jakarta should thinking to move at least 25% of population and prevent urbanization to jakarta at the same time!
Johari Talib
Johari Talib 9 timmar sedan
valdin0 LAB
valdin0 LAB 9 timmar sedan
Jakarta? Floods? I dont wanna do living there.but all the job always in Jakarta.But still idk its goverment fault or the people's about the flood.but we dont really care because we are Indonesian just so relaxing person in the worlds.Still i hope everything will be better in the future for Indonesia
Annabelle Phen Lee
Annabelle Phen Lee 9 timmar sedan
The only reason why the older generations say the younger generation is the future is because they expect us to solve their problems.
Fachrudin Syah
Fachrudin Syah 9 timmar sedan
money money money ....that about new people now... healthy and enjoy for life between human with earth is zero!
niko andrayudha
niko andrayudha 10 timmar sedan
nis anis basbetot ,liat nih vidio
Davienna Milleniva
Davienna Milleniva 10 timmar sedan
Dear my french communication professor, I told you someone will make a video on SVfrom about this.
Bad ape
Bad ape 10 timmar sedan
But we can do Other than scrolling
M3rc L0p3z
M3rc L0p3z 10 timmar sedan
Reparations needed for these people.
Jamie Widodo
Jamie Widodo 10 timmar sedan
Guys who else live in Jakarta I am rlly scared :c
Adam Ammar
Adam Ammar 10 timmar sedan
Hey fellow indonesians, aku ni jiran kau, orang malaysia, aku nak tanye, betul ke indonesia nak buat kalimantan jadi ibu kota baru? Pls jawab.... Love from malaysia ❤😘
Gaming Lagi
Gaming Lagi 8 timmar sedan
Abhinavv Banait
Abhinavv Banait 10 timmar sedan
Efrich Cristiansen
Efrich Cristiansen 10 timmar sedan
i live at borneo banjarmasin
CHGB Miquel Waren
CHGB Miquel Waren 10 timmar sedan
Iya ini betul saya hampir mati
fan vane
fan vane 11 timmar sedan
Wow muncul di beranda
Abdullah hussein
Abdullah hussein 11 timmar sedan
Government: let's pretend we didn't see that
Tomoko Chiba
Tomoko Chiba 11 timmar sedan
blaming the dutch as if the indonesian government was doing anything other than filling up their personal bank accounts
cheeno peralta
cheeno peralta 11 timmar sedan
plant trees not buildings.
Leah Sheffler
Leah Sheffler 11 timmar sedan
I don't know why people are not investing in desalination plants filling ancient underground cities/crypts/crevices and removing concrete so that the increasing floods can be absorbed and subside. Jakarta is the perfect testing ground for what will work around the world in the future. I wish people would start to understand these problems will not just "go away"!
XOX TV 11 timmar sedan
1000 years later no Indonesia in world map🌍
NoEzy Kill
NoEzy Kill 11 timmar sedan
Wonder if the Dutch will help them clean THEIR mess up
Tanki Wolf
Tanki Wolf 2 timmar sedan
Haha shut up, 🇳🇱
Mohamed Mohamed
Mohamed Mohamed 11 timmar sedan
This video would have been very helpful to thousands of people who live in jarkata who have no idea what is causing the siniking problem and if they knew this they would have stopped it long time ago but now the pipes became a way of life for them
ara _
ara _ 11 timmar sedan
is apartment better than house? because i think it consume less ground to built a house so we can plant trees and prevent the sinking? (im seriously asking )
Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here 4 timmar sedan
Heard of earthquakes before? Indonesia is in a very active seismic zone and if they build alot of apartment, it has a risk they might fall and hit to another building like a piece of dominos
Simulation 12 timmar sedan
world class journalism and education, thank you 🙏
NOUM 12 timmar sedan
Sinking on a firm land, the irony
eronpalada 12 timmar sedan
Thats sadfor some pll :
Prestel Billionaire DJ SETS ON MIXCLOUD
Prestel Billionaire DJ SETS ON MIXCLOUD 12 timmar sedan
The Dutch thinking 'this isn't going well' turn to the Indonesians and say "Have your independence. So long!".
Loki 76
Loki 76 12 timmar sedan
So it has NOTHING to do with Global warming and the NON EXISTENT rising sea levels. If the sea was rising. The Maldives would be under water. They're not. Not even an inch.
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