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 5 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
andre chapman
andre chapman 3 timmar sedan
Can you do one on my country Guyana they say it's sinking
TheBest Boy1290
TheBest Boy1290 4 timmar sedan
Thanks for making this video
Jфrdдn Ж
Jфrdдn Ж 4 timmar sedan
Y’all act like people who need the subtitles can read it
Crash Bandicunt
Crash Bandicunt 4 timmar sedan
Mindless bureaucracy. Incompetent government. corrupt official. still backward like medieval muslim state
AH III 9 timmar sedan
My father was a hydrologist he this is what he would say about this video, at least they are being honest and blaming the sinking on the land rather than the sea water rising.
Krisnanto Lie
Krisnanto Lie 2 timmar sedan
My cousin lived in Jakarta And i lived in indonesia somewhere and she said there has been alot going on, floods, earthquake, Fish Population going down, Food is getting low, Markets are closed, Malls are Shutted down, There is Nowhere to go and yes they are trapped people, Luckily In our place There is Almost no Disaster happening Just Floods
Ae86 2 timmar sedan
Ayyyyyyy welcome to texas
Bang Gleh
Bang Gleh 3 timmar sedan
Yeah true, thats why the capital is being relocate to borneo. Haha
samantha dunn
samantha dunn 3 timmar sedan
My goodness. We’ve got so many brilliant minds, so much technology but no will power to do right by people. We have failed as a species.
Angween Annora
Angween Annora 3 timmar sedan
Kalimantan flood (for the first 50 years): Its because to much rain. Other places flood: That because the water keep coming. Jakarta flood (annualy): Its 1000% that particular Governor's fault, even before he took office
nikolasao 3 timmar sedan
As always the poor people are the ones that end up suffering.
Yoel Togar mikael
Yoel Togar mikael 3 timmar sedan
Jakarta is sinking People: DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT Provincial government: don’t worry it’s just a puddle People: ARE U BLIND? Government: ITS A PUDDLE IT WILL CALLED A FLOOD IF THE WATER IS HERE🌊 AND THE HOUSE IS HERE 🏠
UFR00lz 3 timmar sedan
How much is has descended today Map : 2017 Video published : 2021
Rainii 3 timmar sedan
Wdym Jakarta's sinking!?? God just accidentally poured milo on Jakarta
Gus Bean
Gus Bean 3 timmar sedan
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Kelly Clover
Kelly Clover 3 timmar sedan
Indonesia has a very unfortunate geographic location at the intersection of 2 major earthquake belts. For the foreseeable future they will continue to be highly susceptible to very strong earthquakes and other unwanted geological changes.
Gavin the Meme Ruler • 1 century ago
Gavin the Meme Ruler • 1 century ago 3 timmar sedan
Indonesia is done. There ain't nothing left to do!
Natalie Tan
Natalie Tan 3 timmar sedan
Poor city planning is everywhere in this side of the world! Many cities are in danger of going underwater, but Jakarta seems to be going down the fastest!
Gavin the Meme Ruler • 1 century ago
Gavin the Meme Ruler • 1 century ago 3 timmar sedan
The sooner
The Gue
The Gue 3 timmar sedan
The current governor of Jakarta is only good at speaking, but he can't do anything about it.
Rock Skipper
Rock Skipper 4 timmar sedan
Dont cities get there water from the ground too? .... The earth changes . some times its time to move
Aryasatya Ramadhana
Aryasatya Ramadhana 4 timmar sedan
me : *an indonesian also me : *reads the english subtitles
Aly pixar
Aly pixar 4 timmar sedan
Great video
Gilang Ramadhan
Gilang Ramadhan 4 timmar sedan
Title: Why Jakarta is sinking? Government: Because swimming is sunnah.
Druid From The West
Druid From The West 4 timmar sedan
Maybe they should seek help from the dutch since its kinda their fault?
North Korea
North Korea 4 timmar sedan
Indonesia is sinking 1. Sea levels 2.floods 3. The small number of trees I guess the Netherlands is not the only one sinking now My little sister: I WANT TO EXPERIENCE BANJIR me: yaelah tiap pagi mau sekolah hujan
FachriNTV 4 timmar sedan
Because air masuknya ketanah bukan ke laut
Virgilio De La Torre
Virgilio De La Torre 4 timmar sedan
From where are you jooly h you got a very informative topic
Adrein 4 timmar sedan
People: we’re sinking Government: nah we ain’t boat
heaven lee
heaven lee 4 timmar sedan
I cannot understand. Then, why indonesian government does not build underground pipeline? That will prevent indonesia sinking
Fayuvu_ 4 timmar sedan
Im from jakarta but im not flooding-
Rakha Satriadi
Rakha Satriadi 4 timmar sedan
ok cool
Baam Clarke
Baam Clarke 5 timmar sedan
waduh gaes masuk berita luar, hebat kasih jempol buat bpk anies👍... 1 hari banjir reda qoute bpk anies dan wakilnya😂
Tube Gamers
Tube Gamers 5 timmar sedan
Costa Azul
Costa Azul 5 timmar sedan
Global sinking! We’re sinking, we’re warming, the ozone layer the coral reefs oh my!
Dark Spells
Dark Spells 5 timmar sedan
Netflix:Japan sinks 2020 Iflix:Jakarta sinks 2021
MrGasDude 5 timmar sedan
The reason Jakarta is sinking is because People in the City throw trashes in random place. But in good city it has none trash.
Melissa Cantrill
Melissa Cantrill 5 timmar sedan
What’s Jakarta got to do with holland
Nature Hacks
Nature Hacks 5 timmar sedan
Wish you all a very happy and prosperous New year God bless you all May your parents get 100 years of life ❤️🙏
TBLC 6 timmar sedan
Bangun dinding Titan
blue sky
blue sky 6 timmar sedan
As Indonesian... let's campaign "have access to piped clean water for all"... as one of the options
Pookie's Couches
Pookie's Couches 6 timmar sedan
Pookie's Couches
Pookie's Couches 6 timmar sedan
mark brannigan
mark brannigan 6 timmar sedan
The boorish error provisionally wrap because jasmine immediately surround via a responsible musician. cold, spicy apple
Beep Boop
Beep Boop 6 timmar sedan
I've been to Jakarta few years ago it was amazing❤,stay safe guys😔
Brendan Lemieux
Brendan Lemieux 6 timmar sedan
rip indonesia
Mahendra Ahmad Bhagaskara
Mahendra Ahmad Bhagaskara 6 timmar sedan
I didnt even know that even tho i live in indonesia😅
cute Soul
cute Soul 7 timmar sedan
God save humanity. Pray for Indonesian
⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ 7 timmar sedan
Sinking... reminds me of the USA economy 😅🤣
The Comedy Pilot
The Comedy Pilot 4 timmar sedan
Yeah now that potato head is our president
Sachitha Illangage
Sachitha Illangage 7 timmar sedan
Most of Muslim countries like Jakata, Maldives and Bangladesh... countries sinking by water. In past Jakata was Buddhist country with rich and with no problems
Sachitha Illangage
Sachitha Illangage 5 timmar sedan
@Fadli _ that’s why country flood by the KARMA
Fadli _
Fadli _ 5 timmar sedan
Atlest we can eat beef
Vincent 7 timmar sedan
Dan 7 timmar sedan
what saddens me is our national media doesn’t even produce such amazing educational video like this
Unrealbarracuda 7 timmar sedan
All thanks to colonization
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Well, our conservatives muslim politician worst than colonization
Irham Ashaq
Irham Ashaq 7 timmar sedan
Because the water itu menyerap to the earth and that a sunnatullah.
Olivia Olson
Olivia Olson 7 timmar sedan
The lamentable frown hooghly scorch because rule problematically reflect toward a mammoth salad. maddening, narrow kitchen
Winston Thompson
Winston Thompson 7 timmar sedan
Europeans conquer, divide, rule and consume; do not reinforce infrastructures and then relocate leaving communities more desolate than prior to arriving.
Kyouzuka Takahashi
Kyouzuka Takahashi 7 timmar sedan
3202 : *"Welcome to Rapture"*
Winston Thompson
Winston Thompson 7 timmar sedan
This seems like a classic example of "...the solution does not solve the problem". Which is all the more frustrating when the problem is clearly defined. I mean, a bird island?
bamfyfe 8 timmar sedan
Why not ask the Dutch to come back and gouvern over the city? They´re the best at fixing this problem!
Fabbly 8 timmar sedan
Tsk don't blame the global warming or climate change.. Blame the government that allows architecture, concrete is the main cause of this problem.
William Lawson
William Lawson 8 timmar sedan
They send em to America to eat and live for free
AdiósSoyDaniel 8 timmar sedan
Wow they remain very Dutch after independence They still do the most Dutch thing: sinking
Kiswinar 8 timmar sedan
Hey Vox you might want to check the history again. Mohammad Hatta is Indonesia’s first vice president, not prime minister.
Bryce Larsen
Bryce Larsen 8 timmar sedan
@5:40 whats the light red spot on the map?
Patrick Hill
Patrick Hill 8 timmar sedan
The tranquil porter concordingly suggest because fiction intriguinly thank apud a addicted america. rigid, obese tax
tobuslieven 8 timmar sedan
People: Our coastal city is sinking. Government: Don't worry, we'll build a wall to keep the sea out. Wall: Also sinks. Government: Moves to Borneo.
tobuslieven 8 timmar sedan
@butti fdft Lol, true.
butti fdft
butti fdft 8 timmar sedan
Never trust everything vox says
Jose Flores
Jose Flores 8 timmar sedan
They can build a recycled water facility?? I mean it’s common sense. If they don’t like the idea .. last resort is to destroy the city. It’s honestly disgusting to live there
butti fdft
butti fdft 8 timmar sedan
Yeah. Start getting out.
Stanislas Lhuillier
Stanislas Lhuillier 8 timmar sedan
Vox is just amazing, all the troubles of the world are always due to Western populations.
Kushtrim ZOGAJ
Kushtrim ZOGAJ 9 timmar sedan
Who’s fault is this?
Kushtrim ZOGAJ
Kushtrim ZOGAJ 5 timmar sedan
@Fadli _ what did they do
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
All of Jakarta people
Jo Savo
Jo Savo 9 timmar sedan
The ocean is NOT rising! No one has proven that myth. If it is rising, why aren't all of the coastal beaches gone? How are the houses built in the early 1900's and late 1800's still on the same land they were built on with the same beach fronts? Sorry folks that believe in the farce of global warming, you have been duped!
Much. Zainal Abidin
Much. Zainal Abidin 9 timmar sedan
and no one Government officials want care about it
Carlos Chong
Carlos Chong 9 timmar sedan
They watched "Weathering with you" many times, I think
Geitenkaas 9 timmar sedan
As a Dutchie, I'm sad to read that we are one of the causes of this problem. I'm saying 'one of the' instead of 'the' because somehow this video totally neglected sea-level rise.
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Can your country invade indonesia again?, Our conservatives muslim politician dont care about what happened to us
AR Ibrahim
AR Ibrahim 9 timmar sedan
Divide and rule, the oldest trick in the book.
George Zaharia
George Zaharia 9 timmar sedan
simple, because people love to build houses in dangerous places ... :( just make the houses on the hill... and have easy replaceable homes or cabins near shore for vacation... or work.. don't make ur concrete home near the edge of the volcano and then say "oh please help me" i mean.... what they are initially thinking?
あおい 9 timmar sedan
things won't last 5 years, am i right?
DFFUSE 10 timmar sedan
Hm always fun seeing these videos as a Dutch person, being able to read all the old maps and knowing where their origin comes from.
Dato84 David
Dato84 David 10 timmar sedan
So :What are you sinking about?
nicole donald
nicole donald 10 timmar sedan
3 words for this: Green New Deal
Habibi Vee
Habibi Vee 10 timmar sedan
My people 😢
max max
max max 10 timmar sedan
Wouldn't it be less expensive," in a lot of ways", to pipe in water than to build a whole new city and then deal with all the displaced people from Jakarta?
tracey adkins
tracey adkins 10 timmar sedan
Yeah. Start getting out.
RAVI mistry
RAVI mistry 10 timmar sedan
Never trust everything vox says
Daniel Conner
Daniel Conner 10 timmar sedan
The way the Netherlands are run now, it would probably be beneficial to partner with them.
dawud sajo
dawud sajo 10 timmar sedan
The opposition of jakarta governor called cebong and buzzer should watch this chanel,flood in jakarta happened since long time ago but the cebongers blame mr anies (governor of jakarta currently).
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Lu pikir ada politisi yg peduli sama masalah ini?, Jokodok sibuk mau pindah ibukota, wan anies abud sibuk menjilat ulama buat modal di pilpres nanti. Cuma ahok dulu yg sempet mau bikin reklamasi buat bikin bendungan biar jakarta utara gk tenggelam
Vero April
Vero April 10 timmar sedan
I watch this video on my sweet home in Central Jakarta. Me and my family always trying to not wasting water in daily basis bcause i know water is going to be very rare in the future.
Brandon Vaughan
Brandon Vaughan 11 timmar sedan
So another example of humans causing their own problems
Rathan Luke
Rathan Luke 11 timmar sedan
it has been in jakartas responsibility to fix it for 70 years, japan made it, sorry but if its their own fault not the dutch, if not for the dutch, jakarta wouldn't have the telephone
Lam Par
Lam Par 11 timmar sedan
Once the ground above the plate begin to shake, surfaced soil fall through the tectonic fault line, everything on top get to lower few inches, over the years, it added up to few feet.
MOHAMMED FAIZAN 11 timmar sedan
We should spread this video and share to many and many countries so that they can at least help them
Mi O—[]
Mi O—[] 11 timmar sedan
Me watching this in my bed in my house in Jakarta next to the ocean: _"interesting"_
meselu atnafe
meselu atnafe 11 timmar sedan
🙏🙏🙏 Please God save Jakarta and their people.
013 achmad nasrullah ramadhan
013 achmad nasrullah ramadhan 11 timmar sedan
DonkeyKong66 11 timmar sedan
So...the problem is former Europoean colonialism and racism and current Government incompetence
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Nah, our conservatives muslim politician worse than european colonialism
Hanifah Salsabila
Hanifah Salsabila 12 timmar sedan
Ya silahkan WNI absen disini 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️
Giovan Pangku
Giovan Pangku 12 timmar sedan
Jakarta: "Help! We are sinking! We are sinking!" Government: "What are you...sinking about?"
Did I lose the war in Berlin?
Did I lose the war in Berlin? 3 timmar sedan
Mr. Head
Mr. Head 5 timmar sedan
*German government.
Kareem Maqbool
Kareem Maqbool 12 timmar sedan
Allah wrath 🤣 Edit : Just joking, it's a climate change... Face it superstitious people.
Syahmi Shuhaidi
Syahmi Shuhaidi 12 timmar sedan
omg the dutch really need to help indonesia 🤧
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
@Lars yep, thats true
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
@Miranda lambert actually dutch care about us, but our government dont want spend money to save jakarta
Lars 10 timmar sedan
Why lol. It’s their own problem that their government is corrupt and will not fix this.
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 12 timmar sedan
the dutch couldn't care less
Drishti Sanger
Drishti Sanger 12 timmar sedan
The Dutch should pay for this.
Drishti Sanger
Drishti Sanger 3 timmar sedan
@Lars I agree with you 100%. It all comes down to the government. I read an article by Jane Goodall and she stated how if we wanted to work towards a more sustainable and eco friendly planet, we would have to end poverty. The situation with the people of Jakarta is a result of poor infrastructure and the utter negligence/corruption within the government. As the video mentioned, surrounding cities managed to resolve their problems. They could reach out and as for assistance in urban planning.
Drishti Sanger
Drishti Sanger 4 timmar sedan
@Fadli _ the current government is a product of the post colonial era. Therefore, they are not entirely to blame for behaving this way. That is not to say that they should not be held responsible or do their jobs to serve their people. Unfortunately, when a country tries to recuperate its culture and country after colonization, it struggles a lot and many people resort to exploiting one another because this was part of the norm under colonization. You can’t fix a system or society with the same thing that was used to break it. In this case, it’s the pure negligence of people that need help.
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
You know that our government worse than dutch
Lars 10 timmar sedan
Our government might pay for this but as long as the Indonesian government ignores this nothings gonna happen
FK - 09AL 938100 Central Peel SS
FK - 09AL 938100 Central Peel SS 12 timmar sedan
its because people keeps throwing trash into the sea and the sewer and also they need wall maria
misslittlesunshine 12 timmar sedan
why don't they build aqueducts like Romans did in North Africa? Tunisia is still using them from getting clean water from a city called Zaghouan
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Our government full of corruption
Barrie Surjadi
Barrie Surjadi 7 timmar sedan
Politics and corruption, Indonesian government can't get anything done. Making ID card took 2 whole years, building that thing is impossible. Your solution is great, but the problem is that our system is not effective
Dee Widya
Dee Widya 12 timmar sedan
Never like living there .. preferred living rural.
POW! 12 timmar sedan
Just give Super Mario a call he will fix it.
Czecher86 12 timmar sedan
2 many ppl on the planet...nature is solving this ..
traveller 13 timmar sedan
Vox : "Jakarta is sinking" JKT 58 : "Media apa ini??? DASAR BuzzerRp!!"
Fadli _
Fadli _ 6 timmar sedan
Wkwk, emang lu pikir jokowi sama anies peduli sama masalah ini?, Dua2 nya sma2 badut
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 12 timmar sedan
jkt 48
chucky cromers
chucky cromers 13 timmar sedan
It's sinking bcoz too many sin there
gobang pitung
gobang pitung 13 timmar sedan
If The Jakarta-City to Sinking in 2050 years , $o May Be this area to must have changed namely tobe *"A New Bikini-Bottom Megapolitan When $pongeBob & Friends"* Lived in there With The Amphiby-Cars Technology inside ?!
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