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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  • Vox

    Vox

    17 hari yang lalu

    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

      5 jam yang lalu

      @Na Ma frii payer buril

    • Argent Knight

      Argent Knight

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      Thanks

    • Rynaldy Cavdra

      Rynaldy Cavdra

      2 hari yang lalu

      I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,

    • Om Prast

      Om Prast

      3 hari yang lalu

      Wow, matur suwon

    • Kareem Kalisari

      Kareem Kalisari

      3 hari yang lalu

      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

  • Lucas

    Lucas

    16 menit yang lalu

    Jakarta is beyond repair

  • Daniel Wilson

    Daniel Wilson

    30 menit yang lalu

    Where is Patrick Star when you need him?

  • D. Mark Agostinelli

    D. Mark Agostinelli

    40 menit yang lalu

    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

    Jam Yang lalu

    Do they have 🌋?

  • mossy art

    mossy art

    2 jam yang lalu

    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

    3 jam yang lalu

    Stay safe Indonesian friends

  • FBI

    FBI

    3 jam yang lalu

    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

    wiwien

    4 jam yang lalu

    What a curse of being colonized by the Dutch!

  • Aman Saraf

    Aman Saraf

    4 jam yang lalu

    Every wrong in the world today can be traced back to colonialism

  • Claive

    Claive

    5 jam yang lalu

    Be safe to my neighborhood country people ❤

  • Wimpy

    Wimpy

    6 jam yang lalu

    Some people believe because of ice caps lamao

  • MinecraftDude11

    MinecraftDude11

    6 jam yang lalu

    Fun fact. The Dutch grounds are also sinking while the sea levels are rising.

  • Goresan Hitam

    Goresan Hitam

    7 jam yang lalu

    Mampus 😆🤭 canda

  • DS_ MaulanaAlvian

    DS_ MaulanaAlvian

    7 jam yang lalu

    cuz w ar fool

  • bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    8 jam yang lalu

    Geologist: Jakarta is sinking Jakartans: we have the strongest military in SEA, we are happy with that

  • • Pepe •

    • Pepe •

    8 jam yang lalu

    _"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

      8 jam yang lalu

      I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy

  • Josh Davis

    Josh Davis

    9 jam yang lalu

    Now that the iceburg broke off in Antarctica it will make the sea level rise faster than ever.

  • DZ

    DZ

    9 jam yang lalu

    Colonizers zz

  • AMisfitsDiary

    AMisfitsDiary

    11 jam yang lalu

    Why is it that all our problems can be traced to white people. Sigh.

  • MJ Caranto

    MJ Caranto

    11 jam yang lalu

    that because indonisian in jakarta keep using wells

  • KolonK Sporadis

    KolonK Sporadis

    11 jam yang lalu

    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

      KolonK Sporadis

      11 jam yang lalu

      @Bon G siapa yg bocah?

    • Bon G

      Bon G

      11 jam yang lalu

      Lol bocahh

  • bestamerica

    bestamerica

    13 jam yang lalu

    '
    island indonesia is a soft ground land...
    ground land can slowly tide down then fill water up

  • surreal romiics

    surreal romiics

    14 jam yang lalu

    NOOOO MY COUSIN LIVE IN JAKARTA

  • Gamilagalo Ear

    Gamilagalo Ear

    15 jam yang lalu

    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

    15 jam yang lalu

    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

    16 jam yang lalu

    Mamam tuh demo, mau dibuat tembok malah protes skrng siapa yg susah😂

    • Bon G

      Bon G

      11 jam yang lalu

      WKWK, orangnya ga ada akal

  • Robby darmawan

    Robby darmawan

    17 jam yang lalu

    Thank you Vox for information 🙏

  • amana sivkem abe

    amana sivkem abe

    17 jam yang lalu

    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

    18 jam yang lalu

    Great information

  • REgamesplayer

    REgamesplayer

    19 jam yang lalu

    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

    Ro Shambo

    19 jam yang lalu

    Weird time to advertise the vox logo..

  • iunno o

    iunno o

    20 jam yang lalu

    I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy

  • Lazy Islander

    Lazy Islander

    20 jam yang lalu

    The rich always preys on the poor , the worst thing to happen to this planet is the human race

  • am_ taur

    am_ taur

    21 jam yang lalu

    So In short, the people in the government in Indonesia are either incompetent or corrupt. Indonesians should be afraid if it is both.

  • bronxgirl712

    bronxgirl712

    21 jam yang lalu

    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

    Ezee Baqi

    23 jam yang lalu

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Yuriy Zubov

    Yuriy Zubov

    Hari Yang lalu

    Thanks for the material.

  • Yogi Tamaki

    Yogi Tamaki

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    Stop blaming the government, we also have a responsibility as citizen to protect our environment 🔥

  • Blaise Hope

    Blaise Hope

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    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    I am grateful the Dutch colonial left 🤣🤣🤣

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    Hari Yang lalu

    Bangkok too.

  • 3b Aisha Shabrina

    3b Aisha Shabrina

    Hari Yang lalu

    Hello my country :v

  • Your Mom

    Your Mom

    Hari Yang lalu

    As a jakartan im pretty siked about being a merman

  • ArzaHelkilporo

    ArzaHelkilporo

    Hari Yang lalu

    I have no comment because it's true

  • AyoWassupBro

    AyoWassupBro

    Hari Yang lalu

    So is it the dutch fault?

    • SkinnerClimbs

      SkinnerClimbs

      Hari Yang lalu

      Blame colonisation

  • M. Faiz Septian

    M. Faiz Septian

    Hari Yang lalu

    dont know either

  • Yashin Yoku

    Yashin Yoku

    Hari Yang lalu

    after 600+ years of colonization is this what we must accept :(

  • now lomme

    now lomme

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

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    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    Oh my gawd...

  • The Zhafran

    The Zhafran

    Hari Yang lalu

    Who else live in jakarta? Me

  • The Zhafran

    The Zhafran

    Hari Yang lalu

    Hey is indonesian near atlantis? If yes i can met aquaman i live in jakarta after all

  • The Zhafran

    The Zhafran

    Hari Yang lalu

    Bruh your joking your joking right? pls say yes I LIVE IN JAKARTA WHAT MY PLACE IS SINKING BUT I DIDN.T SEE MY PLACE SINKING! REALLY GUYS I LIVE IN JAKARTA IS JAKARTA REALLY SINKING! IM GONNA DROWN IF I DIDN.T MOVE

  • Sasongko *

    Sasongko *

    Hari Yang lalu

    Jakarta butuh kesungguhan, dalam mengatasi banjir dan sepertinya lebih baik pindah ibu kota sebelum terlambat

  • Yunita Puspita

    Yunita Puspita

    Hari Yang lalu

    Tanah Air Yang Kucintaaaaa
    Engkau kubanggakan

  • Gotcha Open 2

    Gotcha Open 2

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    Soumyasish Bhattacharyya

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    Querencia.tv

    Hari Yang lalu

    Nice ☺️
    ❤️&✌️

  • nico orlando

    nico orlando

    Hari Yang lalu

    Hmm yes the start of 2020 it actually flooded my house

  • MrFlipperInvader792

    MrFlipperInvader792

    Hari Yang lalu

    9:38 looks beautiful though, like a prog rock album cover

  • D0d3s

    D0d3s

    Hari Yang lalu

    the capital will soon move to East Kalimantan, now the construction process is underway, hopefully it will run smoothly

  • Chandra Prakash

    Chandra Prakash

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    thefirstchampster

    Hari Yang lalu

    I'm genuinely terrified for the year 2050.

  • Dion Gantengkan

    Dion Gantengkan

    Hari Yang lalu

    What is sinking ? i am indonesia. ora udud paru paru ora smile

    • Dion Gantengkan

      Dion Gantengkan

      11 jam yang lalu

      @Bon G gak penting b inggris wkkwkwk asal nilai bagus juga dah enak

    • Bon G

      Bon G

      11 jam yang lalu

      Sinking itu tenggelam dek, makanya kalo lagi bljr b.inggris dengerin👍👍

  • Dwi Haryanto

    Dwi Haryanto

    Hari Yang lalu

    bagus, serakah sih, yang dibangun cuma jakarta dan sekitarnya saja. Jawa Tengah saja yang masih satu pulau pembangunannya tertinggal.

    • Bon G

      Bon G

      11 jam yang lalu

      Betul

  • kuding Kuding

    kuding Kuding

    Hari Yang lalu

    I am proud to know it

  • kuding Kuding

    kuding Kuding

    Hari Yang lalu

    I am proud with this chanel

  • Florida Man

    Florida Man

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    Welp bye

  • Allyson Young

    Allyson Young

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    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    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

    Hari Yang lalu

    tragedy comes from an architect problem or street design.

  • Lintang Azzamta

    Lintang Azzamta

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    I told my friends that jakarta is sinking but they dont trust me :(

  • Sunsetblvd 1950

    Sunsetblvd 1950

    Hari Yang lalu

    This is the first time a coverage about sinking jakarta mentioned the effects of colonization on the issue. Good research.

  • Yuma Atwood

    Yuma Atwood

    Hari Yang lalu

    the other side of suffering is Greatness .....

  • Naz

    Naz

    Hari Yang lalu

    Bc God dont like it.

  • Softly VNTconcept

    Softly VNTconcept

    Hari Yang lalu

    Hope they will solve that problem. Love from Philippines

  • Insat 444

    Insat 444

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    We are the dumbest species

  • ArQuel Yap

    ArQuel Yap

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    My Indonesian brothers and sisters, those walls may protect you from rising water but until when? I think removing some concrete flooring and making eco parks and transferring or planting many big trees can be a big help to absorb water. In our capital city the mayor developed and re-open eco parks so that nature and city are combined, but there are still places which is too urbanized and need more nature in it. I hope that Indonesia will soon solve this problem.

  • Asharaf Abdul Salam

    Asharaf Abdul Salam

    Hari Yang lalu

    People in Jakarta: No, you can't just invest Millions on some bird island that will take 30 years complete and will probably sink with rest of the city!!
    Venture: Haha big birdy go chirp chirp

  • Metadragon

    Metadragon

    2 hari yang lalu

    TL;DR: Blame Europeans.

  • KOTA TAHU

    KOTA TAHU

    2 hari yang lalu

    Keberatan dg bangunan pencakar langit, terutama di jakarta utara yang berbatasan dgn laut...

  • WR 96

    WR 96

    2 hari yang lalu

    Jakarta is sinking. The local govt: And what about it? 💅🏼💅🏼💅🏼

  • Ramkumar Suresh N V

    Ramkumar Suresh N V

    2 hari yang lalu

    Another city in India, Chennai is facing the same symptoms but is at an earlier stage, it is not sinking yet.

  • Pranshu Pandya

    Pranshu Pandya

    2 hari yang lalu

    why is the us air force showing me a filmy ad to join it---while im an indian in india

  • Rezky Donny Putranto

    Rezky Donny Putranto

    2 hari yang lalu

    And people still protesting about moving the capital into Borneo? Dude, just your city is literally sinking 😂

  • Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh

    Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh

    2 hari yang lalu

    Jakarta: *Sinking
    92,000 people: I like this!

  • ken PRIVATE

    ken PRIVATE

    2 hari yang lalu

    boats: *I see this as an absolute win!*

  • anjali mathur

    anjali mathur

    2 hari yang lalu

    European powers really messed up a lot!

  • MUHAMMAD RAFI ADITYA

    MUHAMMAD RAFI ADITYA

    2 hari yang lalu

    im life in surabaya

    • Lotusamb Jeruk

      Lotusamb Jeruk

      2 hari yang lalu

      no one asked

  • Dogma

    Dogma

    2 hari yang lalu

    I don’t wanna hear this language again, sink faster.

  • EpicSayGamer

    EpicSayGamer

    2 hari yang lalu

    Jakarta sinks
    Disney: Let's make. A sequel to atlantis the lost empire
    Jakarta: The lost Empire

  • EpicSayGamer

    EpicSayGamer

    2 hari yang lalu

    If only trump was still the us president

  • Danang Graito

    Danang Graito

    2 hari yang lalu

    Yup... But don't worry, because in Jakarta, most religious people believes that
    "What is coming is better than what is gone"
    .الجيات أحسن من الرايحات
    So when the city is fully underwater, let's just eat potato chips and see how their faces reaction from our phones.

  • Hendrianjayyy

    Hendrianjayyy

    2 hari yang lalu

    Can't wait

  • Jeanelle Lagrimas

    Jeanelle Lagrimas

    2 hari yang lalu

    Very informative ✨

  • funkiemonkie

    funkiemonkie

    2 hari yang lalu

    bro just move

  • Kany Sabila

    Kany Sabila

    2 hari yang lalu

    Other SEA countries: battling societal problems
    Indonesians: we have enough natural problems already. If we had to face societal problems too, might as well fly to the moon