Why Jakarta is sinking

19 feb. 2021
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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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  • 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

    VoxVox17 dagen geleden
    • @Na Ma frii payer buril

      Fatih BGFatih BG10 uur geleden
    • Thanks

      Argent KnightArgent KnightDag geleden
    • I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,

      Rynaldy CavdraRynaldy Cavdra2 dagen geleden
    • Wow, matur suwon

      Om PrastOm Prast3 dagen geleden
    • 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

      Kareem KalisariKareem Kalisari3 dagen geleden
  • 9:58, for some people there never is a solution.

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPaMinuut geleden
  • 9:03, walls are racist, are they?

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPaMinuut geleden
  • 8:28, interesting.

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPa3 minuten geleden
  • 3:26, maybe the Catholics can help, the Pope is getting friendly with the Islamia stuff these days.

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPa8 minuten geleden
  • Time to start building floating homes with all the plastic bottles around

    Asia JAsia J13 minuten geleden
  • 0:47, what is the ripple effect to bear by countries and relevant, the world?

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPa14 minuten geleden
  • 0:45, excellent graphic.

    ShWeJaPaShWeJaPa15 minuten geleden
  • they really should just build a giant floating city, like Atlantis from Stargate Atlantis

    Tavar FirestoneTavar FirestoneUur geleden
  • Pr banyak yang harus di benahi

    Ayu nengsihAyu nengsih2 uur geleden
  • Jakarta is beyond repair

    LucasLucas4 uur geleden
  • Where is Patrick Star when you need him?

    Daniel WilsonDaniel Wilson4 uur geleden
  • 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?

    D. Mark AgostinelliD. Mark Agostinelli5 uur geleden
  • Do they have 🌋?

    sivia nunezsivia nunez5 uur geleden
  • This is how life work sometime Mother Nature want some of the land and they should build a drain

    mossy artmossy art7 uur geleden
  • Stay safe Indonesian friends

    Purple Pink TrendsPurple Pink Trends7 uur geleden
  • 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? 👁️👄👁️

    FBIFBI8 uur geleden
  • What a curse of being colonized by the Dutch!

    wiwienwiwien8 uur geleden
  • Every wrong in the world today can be traced back to colonialism

    Aman SarafAman Saraf8 uur geleden
  • Be safe to my neighborhood country people ❤

    ClaiveClaive9 uur geleden
  • Some people believe because of ice caps lamao

    WimpyWimpy10 uur geleden
  • Fun fact. The Dutch grounds are also sinking while the sea levels are rising.

    MinecraftDude11MinecraftDude1110 uur geleden
  • Mampus 😆🤭 canda

    Goresan HitamGoresan Hitam11 uur geleden
  • cuz w ar fool

    DS_ MaulanaAlvianDS_ MaulanaAlvian11 uur geleden
  • Geologist: Jakarta is sinking Jakartans: we have the strongest military in SEA, we are happy with that

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui12 uur geleden
  • _"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.

    • Pepe •• Pepe •13 uur geleden
    • I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy

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

    Josh DavisJosh Davis13 uur geleden
  • Colonizers zz

    DZDZ14 uur geleden
  • Why is it that all our problems can be traced to white people. Sigh.

    AMisfitsDiaryAMisfitsDiary15 uur geleden
  • that because indonisian in jakarta keep using wells

    MJ CarantoMJ Caranto15 uur geleden
  • 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 SporadisKolonK Sporadis15 uur geleden
    • @Bon G siapa yg bocah?

      KolonK SporadisKolonK Sporadis15 uur geleden
    • Lol bocahh

      Bon GBon G15 uur geleden
  • ' island indonesia is a soft ground land... ground land can slowly tide down then fill water up

    bestamericabestamerica18 uur geleden

    surreal romiicssurreal romiics18 uur geleden
  • 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 EarGamilagalo Ear19 uur geleden
  • Why not change sea water into fresh water to drink its simple get a high tech machine AND DONE u have drinkable water

    Gamilagalo EarGamilagalo Ear19 uur geleden
  • Mamam tuh demo, mau dibuat tembok malah protes skrng siapa yg susah😂

    T MindGameT MindGame20 uur geleden
    • WKWK, orangnya ga ada akal

      Bon GBon G15 uur geleden
  • Thank you Vox for information 🙏

    Robby darmawanRobby darmawan21 uur geleden
  • 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

    amana sivkem abeamana sivkem abe21 uur geleden
  • Great information

    Shauna FullerShauna Fuller22 uur geleden
  • It is a simple story of incompetence and corruption. People are helpless and without foreign rule they are unlikely to solve this simple problem.

    REgamesplayerREgamesplayer23 uur geleden
  • Weird time to advertise the vox logo..

    Ro ShamboRo ShamboDag geleden
  • I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy

    iunno oiunno oDag geleden
  • The rich always preys on the poor , the worst thing to happen to this planet is the human race

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

    am_ tauram_ taurDag geleden
  • 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 🙄

    bronxgirl712bronxgirl712Dag geleden

    Ezee BaqiEzee BaqiDag geleden
  • Thanks for the material.

    Yuriy ZubovYuriy ZubovDag geleden
  • Stop blaming the government, we also have a responsibility as citizen to protect our environment 🔥

    Yogi TamakiYogi TamakiDag geleden
  • 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

    Blaise HopeBlaise HopeDag geleden
  • I am grateful the Dutch colonial left 🤣🤣🤣

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  • Bangkok too.

    Sherlock HolmesSherlock HolmesDag geleden
  • Hello my country :v

    3b Aisha Shabrina3b Aisha ShabrinaDag geleden
  • As a jakartan im pretty siked about being a merman

    Your MomYour MomDag geleden
  • I have no comment because it's true

    ArzaHelkilporoArzaHelkilporoDag geleden
  • So is it the dutch fault?

    AyoWassupBroAyoWassupBroDag geleden
    • Blame colonisation

      SkinnerClimbsSkinnerClimbsDag geleden
  • dont know either

    M. Faiz SeptianM. Faiz SeptianDag geleden
  • after 600+ years of colonization is this what we must accept :(

    Yashin YokuYashin YokuDag geleden
  • When it actually sinks, I'm sad to think that maybe my future grandchildren will have more history to learn. Poor them.

    now lommenow lommeDag geleden
  • Jakarta is too overpopulated. Money is not everything. Time to move back to own villages and peace of mind is more important.

    Akim AminAkim AminDag geleden
  • Oh my gawd...

    Sasha's PotatoSasha's PotatoDag geleden
  • Who else live in jakarta? Me

    The ZhafranThe ZhafranDag geleden
  • Hey is indonesian near atlantis? If yes i can met aquaman i live in jakarta after all

    The ZhafranThe ZhafranDag geleden

    The ZhafranThe ZhafranDag geleden
  • Jakarta butuh kesungguhan, dalam mengatasi banjir dan sepertinya lebih baik pindah ibu kota sebelum terlambat

    Sasongko *Sasongko *Dag geleden
  • Tanah Air Yang Kucintaaaaa Engkau kubanggakan

    Yunita PuspitaYunita PuspitaDag geleden
  • 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!❤️❤️🙏🏼.....

    Gotcha Open 2Gotcha Open 2Dag geleden
  • 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.

    Soumyasish BhattacharyyaSoumyasish BhattacharyyaDag geleden
  • Nice ☺️ ❤️&✌️

    Querencia.tvQuerencia.tvDag geleden
  • Hmm yes the start of 2020 it actually flooded my house

    nico orlandonico orlandoDag geleden
  • 9:38 looks beautiful though, like a prog rock album cover

    MrFlipperInvader792MrFlipperInvader792Dag geleden
  • the capital will soon move to East Kalimantan, now the construction process is underway, hopefully it will run smoothly

    D0d3sD0d3sDag geleden
  • 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..🙏

    Chandra PrakashChandra PrakashDag geleden
  • I'm genuinely terrified for the year 2050.

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

    Dion GantengkanDion GantengkanDag geleden
    • @Bon G gak penting b inggris wkkwkwk asal nilai bagus juga dah enak

      Dion GantengkanDion Gantengkan15 uur geleden
    • Sinking itu tenggelam dek, makanya kalo lagi bljr b.inggris dengerin👍👍

      Bon GBon G15 uur geleden
  • bagus, serakah sih, yang dibangun cuma jakarta dan sekitarnya saja. Jawa Tengah saja yang masih satu pulau pembangunannya tertinggal.

    Dwi HaryantoDwi HaryantoDag geleden
    • Betul

      Bon GBon G15 uur geleden
  • I am proud to know it

    kuding Kudingkuding KudingDag geleden
  • I am proud with this chanel

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  • 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 ManFlorida ManDag geleden
  • 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 ManFlorida ManDag geleden
  • Welp bye

    Wocky slushWocky slushDag geleden
  • But I think that enough decades have passed from Dutch rule without having to blame them. The Indonesian government must now act.

    Allyson YoungAllyson YoungDag geleden
  • Im an indonesian the new capital will be tenggarong it will be in the "province" called east kalimantan thats all i know

    aldo liong tanpanawasaldo liong tanpanawasDag geleden
  • tragedy comes from an architect problem or street design.

    para Sanpara SanDag geleden
  • I told my friends that jakarta is sinking but they dont trust me :(

    Lintang AzzamtaLintang AzzamtaDag geleden
  • This is the first time a coverage about sinking jakarta mentioned the effects of colonization on the issue. Good research.

    Sunsetblvd 1950Sunsetblvd 1950Dag geleden
  • the other side of suffering is Greatness .....

    Yuma AtwoodYuma Atwood2 dagen geleden
  • Bc God dont like it.

    NazNaz2 dagen geleden
  • Hope they will solve that problem. Love from Philippines

    Softly VNTconceptSoftly VNTconcept2 dagen geleden
  • We are the dumbest species

    Insat 444Insat 4442 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    ArQuel YapArQuel Yap2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    Asharaf Abdul SalamAsharaf Abdul Salam2 dagen geleden
  • TL;DR: Blame Europeans.

    MetadragonMetadragon2 dagen geleden
  • Keberatan dg bangunan pencakar langit, terutama di jakarta utara yang berbatasan dgn laut...

    KOTA TAHUKOTA TAHU2 dagen geleden
  • Jakarta is sinking. The local govt: And what about it? 💅🏼💅🏼💅🏼

    WR 96WR 962 dagen geleden
  • Another city in India, Chennai is facing the same symptoms but is at an earlier stage, it is not sinking yet.

    Ramkumar Suresh N VRamkumar Suresh N V2 dagen geleden
  • why is the us air force showing me a filmy ad to join it---while im an indian in india

    Pranshu PandyaPranshu Pandya2 dagen geleden
  • And people still protesting about moving the capital into Borneo? Dude, just your city is literally sinking 😂

    Rezky Donny PutrantoRezky Donny Putranto2 dagen geleden
  • Jakarta: *Sinking 92,000 people: I like this!

    Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf SheikhQuttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh2 dagen geleden
  • boats: *I see this as an absolute win!*

    ken PRIVATEken PRIVATE2 dagen geleden
  • European powers really messed up a lot!

    anjali mathuranjali mathur2 dagen geleden