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:
    onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00791.x
    www.academia.edu/3682152/Splintered_networks_The_colonial_and_contemporary_waters_of_Jakarta
    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:
    scholar.ui.ac.id/en/publications/urban-canals-in-colonial-batavia-rethinking-clean-and-dirt-space
    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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    1. Vox

      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

      1. Han FuJIN

        SIMPLE TO MUCH POPULATION, SIMILIAR WHEN U WALK INTO MUD TU MUCH PRESSURE MAKE MUD SINGKING

      2. Elsa van Aswegen

        If you look at the charts. The sinking of the city is a result of over population among other things

      3. kevin sanjaya

        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.

      4. andre chapman

        Can you do one on my country Guyana they say it's sinking

      5. TheBest Boy1290

        Thanks for making this video

    2. Calvert Atisha

      Lolninesix4

    3. Anonymous

      *COVID:* The word *"SHOULD"* is an illusion which can be replaced with either the words *"COULD"* or *"HAVE TO"*

    4. Za Eni

      The average curler nationally worry because wall arthroscopically treat towards a abashed eggnog. hapless, panicky crocus

    5. Prince V&G

      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

    6. JEANICE AB

      Is not real,you look SCBD Jakarta

    7. omarp690

      Half of this worlds problems came from colonialism. The legacy of European colonialism still haunts to this day

      1. Tanki Wolf

        Proud of my history🇳🇱

    8. Sorin Gabriel Greciuc

      WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! So you're saying that lack of water caused a flowding? *BEST IRONY I EVER HEARD*

    9. LuckyHearts777

      You shouldn't have children/grandchildren when you're living in poverty and don't have access to basic needs?!

    10. Budi Sutanto

      Moving the capital will help. A lot of people have jobs that's connected with the government. They will move, following the capital city.

    11. Rey De Guzman

      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.

    12. Sleepy Jones

      Wow the Dutch were smart people they were doing all that way back then

    13. Kid B

      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

      1. Tanki Wolf

        🇳🇱

    14. AgentWuT

      Who ever is peeing in the sea stop it

    15. FusionSenpai

      Dang, imagine if the canals were maintained. it could be the Amsterdam of SEA.

    16. Perfect Fresco

      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.

    17. Martin Hiscocks

      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.

    18. aryan

      google -------- faithfreedom chalenge google ------ faithfreedom ali sina articles google ------- internet archive ali sina debates

    19. Avishkar Wankhede

      Allah will save u don't worry😂

    20. ivy ƚ

      THESE GUYS CAN MAKE BOATS AND LIVE IN IT

    21. subhash pni

      Indonesia n ancient culture. bali,s ugreva.garuda cudint seen

    22. Bao Anh Nguyen

      As usual, there's a colonial power involved.

    23. RedRibbonZX

      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.

      1. Tanki Wolf

        Treu

    24. Balbal Bulbul

      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..

    25. In Out

      What goverment doing?!

    26. dalton gabel

      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

    27. Anangh M K

      I thought it was due to global warming ,,,,

    28. mysterious questions

      I thought it said stinking and I was like waaat

    29. warambak

      Jakarta banjir; Anis ; Air hujan itu masuk k tnah bukan d buang k laut...😐

    30. Roy Saputro

      Ya Tuhan Semoga Allah ampuni dan tolong kita semua amin

      1. Nothing To See Here

        Bisa salah belanda gimana?

      2. Roy Saputro

        Mungkin gara gara belanda?!

    31. Manoj Thapa

      why can’t they make drinkable water out of the sea water by purifying it or something 🤔

      1. Perfect Fresco

        Desalination is too expensive

    32. Shin Shu

      JAKARTA IS REALLY SINKING

    33. Texposure It

      Itu Cuma Genangan Bukan Banjir.....

    34. Khor Jing Yan

      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.

    35. MIM NAHAR

      Nice

      1. Nothing To See Here

        Wdym nice? Their country capital city is sinking and respond it nice?

    36. Nobody

      I don't feel safe.. I mean.. isn't the whole world already sinking?

    37. Ricardo8388

      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.

    38. Hussain Pardawala

      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!

    39. Rashid Abdul

      Stil got time.

    40. Jack Belk

      Build in a swamp and water will be your neighbor.

    41. Jose Lozada

      Is so sad

    42. BBB TV

      new jakarta 2021

    43. Lily Berana

      They shoul make a drain

    44. Zafira Chowdhury

      People come my to this country for pretty pictures but look what’s happening

    45. Tempesttree

      Move. And stop breading.

    46. Dhani Trianggara

      Dari setiap kota yang terdampak banjir mungkin sanitasi penyaluran atau pembuangan air dari banjir kurang diperbaiki.

    47. Rusdayati Yus

      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

      1. Nothing To See Here

        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

    48. Ahmad Taufiq Rahim

      Soo, we blame government?

    49. 안상윤

      와...어떡해

    50. Heal the world For a better place

      colonials are Wicked! They poisoned much of counties.

    51. Latte Coffee

      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.

    52. Lucifer

      Sounds like a government problem

    53. Gian Michael Pinca

      So it's the Dutch?. Lol.

      1. Nothing To See Here

        How come its the dutch fault?

    54. Chandra Sekhar

      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 .

    55. hihi hihi

      Jakarta! Nuuuuuu! Jakarta is sinking Like dying 😢😭😭

    56. Bayu weking yt

      aku nyasar

    57. iAm Pharaoh

      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

      1. Nothing To See Here

        By Whom?

    58. John Arnold

      I thought the Capitol is being moved. When?

    59. Zen Reos

      Bruh next thing we know jakarta is building a floating city

    60. Free Thought

      Its why Indonesia is re-locating a new capital city.

    61. Gaming Lagi

      good explanation and easy to understand, thanks vox🙏

    62. Rex Appleby

      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.

    63. evan griffith

      The keen octopus coincidently borrow because health spontaneously vanish given a ajar jar. heady, makeshift sailboat

    64. Buliung Daniels

      because its again sunnatulloh

    65. kenza jeff

      The jakarta is siking

    66. Taufiq Hendartomi

      Gak bisa bahasa Inggris :(

    67. Owen Lantu

      Hopefully in the future Jakarta will be free from the floods that have troubled the people of Jakarta. They have suffered a lot.

      1. rozak fassah

        They will, because they will be underwater

    68. Ryan Cadeer

      usually this usually happens at every beginning of the year

    69. Abhijeet Raushan

      Good Thing need to speed a bit.

    70. •Ronnz•

      You dont have to provide alternatives if most of the people drowned

    71. InTheDream

      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!

    72. Johari Talib

      Khurafat

    73. valdin0 LAB

      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

    74. Annabelle Phen Lee

      The only reason why the older generations say the younger generation is the future is because they expect us to solve their problems.

    75. Fachrudin Syah

      money money money ....that about new people now... healthy and enjoy for life between human with earth is zero!

    76. niko andrayudha

      nis anis basbetot ,liat nih vidio

    77. Davienna Milleniva

      Dear my french communication professor, I told you someone will make a video on SEprom about this.

    78. Bad ape

      But we can do Other than scrolling

    79. M3rc L0p3z

      Reparations needed for these people.

    80. Jamie Widodo

      Guys who else live in Jakarta I am rlly scared :c

    81. Adam Ammar

      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 ❤😘

      1. Gaming Lagi

        Iya

    82. Abhinavv Banait

      Horrible

    83. Efrich Cristiansen

      i live at borneo banjarmasin

    84. CHGB Miquel Waren

      Iya ini betul saya hampir mati

    85. fan vane

      Wow muncul di beranda

    86. Abdullah hussein

      Government: let's pretend we didn't see that

    87. Tomoko Chiba

      blaming the dutch as if the indonesian government was doing anything other than filling up their personal bank accounts

    88. cheeno peralta

      plant trees not buildings.

    89. Leah Sheffler

      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"!

    90. XOX TV

      1000 years later no Indonesia in world map🌍

    91. NoEzy Kill

      Wonder if the Dutch will help them clean THEIR mess up

      1. Tanki Wolf

        Haha shut up, 🇳🇱

    92. Mohamed Mohamed

      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

    93. ara _

      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 )

      1. Nothing To See Here

        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

    94. Simulation

      world class journalism and education, thank you 🙏

    95. NOUM

      Sinking on a firm land, the irony

    96. eronpalada

      Thats sadfor some pll :

    97. Prestel Billionaire DJ SETS ON MIXCLOUD

      The Dutch thinking 'this isn't going well' turn to the Indonesians and say "Have your independence. So long!".

    98. Loki 76

      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.

    99. San. JM.

      thats so sad and heartbreaking. 🥺💔 i'm praying for the government to take speedy action in order to save the land & generations to come.

      1. misolou fout

        Why I dont care

    100. nuh putra

      guys is this true? im scared ;D im at pondok kelapa

      1. misolou fout

        Jakarta Sinks