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
Thanks for watching and let us know what you think in the comments!
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Vox 17 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
Fatih BG
Fatih BG 19 timmar sedan
@Na Ma frii payer buril
Argent Knight
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Rynaldy Cavdra
Rynaldy Cavdra 3 dagar sedan
I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,
Om Prast
Om Prast 3 dagar sedan
Wow, matur suwon
Kareem Kalisari
Kareem Kalisari 4 dagar sedan
Vox... Vox... Thanks For YourAppreciation To thePeopleOf " INDONESIA " ... Oh, When you smile... It makes me smile... When you cry... I can’t help but cry.... __________________ INDONESIAN
Triple A73
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*earth dying schools: mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
Tweety Tiger
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Even their god don’t want to save them
Krystyna Ola
Krystyna Ola 2 timmar sedan
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Incognito Magneto
Incognito Magneto 3 timmar sedan
Boymicin 3 timmar sedan
Scientist: Jakarta is sinking! Indonesian media: Look what this celebrity is gonna do today!
Joseph John
Joseph John 2 timmar sedan
Nathan Li
Nathan Li 4 timmar sedan
They are probably going to rob their Chinese ethnic minorities again to fund those projects.
alex ivanov
alex ivanov 4 timmar sedan
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Sohail Jafar
Sohail Jafar 4 timmar sedan
This must be why they moved the capital city to anew territory.
Anu Antony
Anu Antony 5 timmar sedan
Steal more sea, the sea will fight back 😂. Think twice while making artificial islands and encroaching the sea
Rizkyta Ramadhanty Savitri
guys please help them their actually suffering please they don't deserve to get something like this and no i'm not saying this because i live in indonesia but i just felt like they are treated like they do not belong
misskyeon 6 timmar sedan
What will happen to my auntie😫
Karthik Munishamaiah
Karthik Munishamaiah 6 timmar sedan
Simple solutions ignored because thpse in power don’t want to do what it takes
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
9:58, for some people there never is a solution.
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
9:03, walls are racist, are they?
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
8:28, interesting.
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
3:26, maybe the Catholics can help, the Pope is getting friendly with the Islamia stuff these days.
Asia J
Asia J 9 timmar sedan
Time to start building floating homes with all the plastic bottles around
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
0:47, what is the ripple effect to bear by countries and relevant, the world?
ShWeJaPa 9 timmar sedan
0:45, excellent graphic.
Tavar Firestone
Tavar Firestone 11 timmar sedan
they really should just build a giant floating city, like Atlantis from Stargate Atlantis
Ayu nengsih
Ayu nengsih 12 timmar sedan
Pr banyak yang harus di benahi
Lucas 14 timmar sedan
Jakarta is beyond repair
Daniel Wilson
Daniel Wilson 14 timmar sedan
Where is Patrick Star when you need him?
D. Mark Agostinelli
D. Mark Agostinelli 14 timmar sedan
Wonderful, so i guess we all blame the Dutch now? For being racist? Really? They divided them, really? So they didn’t build a few more bridges in the last 70 years? What about the Technolgy that was brought there by the Dutch? Why does everything have to be converted into something evil, or dark? What about we just identify it as being a historical way that things once were, instead of continuously manipulating history into making everyone look badly? Does no one recognize the positives?
sivia nunez
sivia nunez 15 timmar sedan
Do they have 🌋?
mossy art
mossy art 16 timmar sedan
This is how life work sometime Mother Nature want some of the land and they should build a drain
Purple Pink Trends
Purple Pink Trends 17 timmar sedan
Stay safe Indonesian friends
FBI 17 timmar sedan
So Dutch ruin your city for a century and leave you in swaps and 50 years after independence the government gives the wall building project back to the Dutch? 👁️👄👁️
wiwien 18 timmar sedan
What a curse of being colonized by the Dutch!
Aman Saraf
Aman Saraf 18 timmar sedan
Every wrong in the world today can be traced back to colonialism
Claive 19 timmar sedan
Be safe to my neighborhood country people ❤
Wimpy 20 timmar sedan
Some people believe because of ice caps lamao
MinecraftDude11 20 timmar sedan
Fun fact. The Dutch grounds are also sinking while the sea levels are rising.
Goresan Hitam
Goresan Hitam 21 timme sedan
Mampus 😆🤭 canda
DS_ MaulanaAlvian
DS_ MaulanaAlvian 21 timme sedan
cuz w ar fool
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 22 timmar sedan
Geologist: Jakarta is sinking Jakartans: we have the strongest military in SEA, we are happy with that
• Pepe •
• Pepe • 23 timmar sedan
_"It signals what could happen to Indonesa's capital city if things don't change soon"_ *It is* what will happen to Indonesia's capital city. Because in here, things aint change soon.
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 22 timmar sedan
I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy
Josh Davis
Josh Davis 23 timmar sedan
Now that the iceburg broke off in Antarctica it will make the sea level rise faster than ever.
DZ 23 timmar sedan
Colonizers zz
AMisfitsDiary Dag sedan
Why is it that all our problems can be traced to white people. Sigh.
MJ Caranto
MJ Caranto Dag sedan
that because indonisian in jakarta keep using wells
KolonK Sporadis
KolonK Sporadis Dag sedan
Ini baru yang namanya berita bermutu. Membahas permasalahan nyata yg sudah terjadi ratusan tahun sehingga menjadi masalah akut yg berdampak sangat buruk pada masyarakat di masa depan. Ditambah kajian latar belakang & memberikan solusi. Vox, you have my respect.
KolonK Sporadis
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@Bon G siapa yg bocah?
Bon G
Bon G Dag sedan
Lol bocahh
bestamerica Dag sedan
' island indonesia is a soft ground land... ground land can slowly tide down then fill water up
surreal romiics
surreal romiics Dag sedan
Gamilagalo Ear
Gamilagalo Ear Dag sedan
I have a theory:I think they are flooding not bc of natural stuff bc of humans not from the underground thing I believe my mum is filling up the city with water
Gamilagalo Ear
Gamilagalo Ear Dag sedan
Why not change sea water into fresh water to drink its simple get a high tech machine AND DONE u have drinkable water
T MindGame
T MindGame Dag sedan
Mamam tuh demo, mau dibuat tembok malah protes skrng siapa yg susah😂
Bon G
Bon G Dag sedan
WKWK, orangnya ga ada akal
Robby darmawan
Robby darmawan Dag sedan
Thank you Vox for information 🙏
amana sivkem abe
So to keep it short its pretty much the Dutch trying to build Jakarta like Amsterdam and failing then trying to protect it like Amsterdam and failing again the irony
Shauna Fuller
Shauna Fuller Dag sedan
Great information
REgamesplayer Dag sedan
It is a simple story of incompetence and corruption. People are helpless and without foreign rule they are unlikely to solve this simple problem.
Ro Shambo
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Weird time to advertise the vox logo..
iunno o
iunno o Dag sedan
I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy
Lazy Islander
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The rich always preys on the poor , the worst thing to happen to this planet is the human race
am_ taur
am_ taur Dag sedan
So In short, the people in the government in Indonesia are either incompetent or corrupt. Indonesians should be afraid if it is both.
bronxgirl712 Dag sedan
The Dutch should be responsible for fixing the problem they engineered and set into motion but then that would be too much like equity and justice 🙄
Ezee Baqi
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Yuriy Zubov
Yuriy Zubov Dag sedan
Thanks for the material.
Yogi Tamaki
Yogi Tamaki Dag sedan
Stop blaming the government, we also have a responsibility as citizen to protect our environment 🔥
Blaise Hope
Blaise Hope Dag sedan
Vox completely ignored the effect pf suharto era centralization that led to a boom in the population that hasnt stopped and the explosion of corruotuon since suharto that made it impossible for any of these measures to be taken. As they point out, all these other cities, and Jakarta didn't. Explain why
Ads Sound
Ads Sound Dag sedan
I am grateful the Dutch colonial left 🤣🤣🤣
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes Dag sedan
Bangkok too.
3b Aisha Shabrina
Hello my country :v
Your Mom
Your Mom Dag sedan
As a jakartan im pretty siked about being a merman
ArzaHelkilporo Dag sedan
I have no comment because it's true
AyoWassupBro Dag sedan
So is it the dutch fault?
SkinnerClimbs Dag sedan
Blame colonisation
M. Faiz Septian
M. Faiz Septian Dag sedan
dont know either
Yashin Yoku
Yashin Yoku Dag sedan
after 600+ years of colonization is this what we must accept :(
now lomme
now lomme Dag sedan
When it actually sinks, I'm sad to think that maybe my future grandchildren will have more history to learn. Poor them.
Akim Amin
Akim Amin Dag sedan
Jakarta is too overpopulated. Money is not everything. Time to move back to own villages and peace of mind is more important.
Sasha's Potato
Sasha's Potato Dag sedan
Oh my gawd...
The Zhafran
The Zhafran 2 dagar sedan
Who else live in jakarta? Me
The Zhafran
The Zhafran 2 dagar sedan
Hey is indonesian near atlantis? If yes i can met aquaman i live in jakarta after all
The Zhafran
The Zhafran 2 dagar sedan
Sasongko *
Sasongko * 2 dagar sedan
Jakarta butuh kesungguhan, dalam mengatasi banjir dan sepertinya lebih baik pindah ibu kota sebelum terlambat
Yunita Puspita
Yunita Puspita 2 dagar sedan
Tanah Air Yang Kucintaaaaa Engkau kubanggakan
Gotcha Open 2
Gotcha Open 2 2 dagar sedan
The coming of Jesus Christ is close my brothers and sisters!! Please repent of your sins and ask God for salvation for the time is short 💕😞 we are not perfect which is why we need to seek the lord more than ever!❤️❤️🙏🏼.....
Soumyasish Bhattacharyya
I came to know about this last year from an Indonesian friend I met online. I couldn't believe that at first. I mean,the cultural and economic hub of a country which also happens to be the capital,with thriving culture and population,this all won't exist few decades later because it's sinking, FAST!! It really sounded horrific and I did some findings on internet and found out that Indonesia is shifting their capital to Kalimantan from Jakarta, although Jakarta will continue to play an important role in country's economy. I was relieved,but then realised that as usual,the poor people will suffer the most. Will they be given proper homes in the new capital? What about their earnings? What will happen to fishermen? When Jakarta completely sinks,will The other capital really be the perfect alternative of Jakarta? And within how long? Since they don't have much time It was really something hard to think about,I discussed this fact with her,I mean that Indonesian friend. We both believe that yes, the new capital will be worthy to take the place of Jakarta and hope for the best. Lots of positivity and thoughts and concern from my side,India. I hope they figure this thing out and not even one person suffers in that capital shifting process.
Querencia.tv 2 dagar sedan
Nice ☺️ ❤️&✌️
nico orlando
nico orlando 2 dagar sedan
Hmm yes the start of 2020 it actually flooded my house
MrFlipperInvader792 2 dagar sedan
9:38 looks beautiful though, like a prog rock album cover
D0d3s 2 dagar sedan
the capital will soon move to East Kalimantan, now the construction process is underway, hopefully it will run smoothly
Chandra Prakash
Chandra Prakash 2 dagar sedan
Urban social management was never taken as a serious subject, only GDP focus and heeding no attention to biodiversity, neglecting climate change disaster signals, Human Beings are proving themselves as the biggest fools... atleast now it is time for ACTION..🙏
thefirstchampster 2 dagar sedan
I'm genuinely terrified for the year 2050.
Dion Gantengkan
Dion Gantengkan 2 dagar sedan
What is sinking ? i am indonesia. ora udud paru paru ora smile
Dion Gantengkan
Dion Gantengkan Dag sedan
@Bon G gak penting b inggris wkkwkwk asal nilai bagus juga dah enak
Bon G
Bon G Dag sedan
Sinking itu tenggelam dek, makanya kalo lagi bljr b.inggris dengerin👍👍
Dwi Haryanto
Dwi Haryanto 2 dagar sedan
bagus, serakah sih, yang dibangun cuma jakarta dan sekitarnya saja. Jawa Tengah saja yang masih satu pulau pembangunannya tertinggal.
Bon G
Bon G Dag sedan
kuding Kuding
kuding Kuding 2 dagar sedan
I am proud to know it
kuding Kuding
kuding Kuding 2 dagar sedan
I am proud with this chanel
Florida Man
Florida Man 2 dagar sedan
For everypnes information vox is a racist supermacy for the left out a lot of what the very informative people were saying. Like you can obviously listen to them and they are saying more. The man saying that we had to build on top and top and on top but they just said we had to build taller. The lady said much more as well. I dont know the mans language but i do the womans . She said a whole lot more than what the captions stated. Although i will give you "vox" that you said something close at least to what they are saying and at least actually translated half of it! Lazy! Supressing the people to not state their full opinion. Disrespecting those and shutting them up.
Florida Man
Florida Man 2 dagar sedan
For everypnes information vox is a racist supermacy for the left out a lot of what the very informative people were saying. Like you can obviously listen to them and they are saying more. The man saying that we had to build on top and top and on top but they just said we had to build taller. The lady said much more as well. I dont know the mans language but i do the womans . She said a whole lot more than what the captions stated. Although i will give you "vox" that you said something close at least to what they are saying and at least actually translated half of it! Lazy! Supressing the people to not state their full opinion. Disrespecting those and shutting them up.
Wocky slush
Wocky slush 2 dagar sedan
Welp bye
Allyson Young
Allyson Young 2 dagar sedan
But I think that enough decades have passed from Dutch rule without having to blame them. The Indonesian government must now act.
aldo liong tanpanawas
aldo liong tanpanawas 2 dagar sedan
Im an indonesian the new capital will be tenggarong it will be in the "province" called east kalimantan thats all i know
para San
para San 2 dagar sedan
tragedy comes from an architect problem or street design.
Lintang Azzamta
Lintang Azzamta 2 dagar sedan
I told my friends that jakarta is sinking but they dont trust me :(
Sunsetblvd 1950
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This is the first time a coverage about sinking jakarta mentioned the effects of colonization on the issue. Good research.
Yuma Atwood
Yuma Atwood 2 dagar sedan
the other side of suffering is Greatness .....
Naz 2 dagar sedan
Bc God dont like it.
Softly VNTconcept
Softly VNTconcept 2 dagar sedan
Hope they will solve that problem. Love from Philippines
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