Why Jakarta is sinking

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15 days ago

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 14 days ago
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
Rynaldy Cavdra
Rynaldy Cavdra 10 hours ago
I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,
Om Prast
Om Prast Day ago
Wow, matur suwon
Kareem Kalisari
Kareem Kalisari Day ago
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
Obama is Epic
Obama is Epic Day ago
Mobile legend is Weird games.
bilcanmuf gaming
bilcanmuf gaming Day ago
Mobile legend is the best
Ramkumar Suresh N V
Ramkumar Suresh N V 45 minutes ago
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 Hour ago
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 Hour ago
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 3 hours ago
Jakarta: *Sinking 92,000 people: I like this!
ken PRIVATE 5 hours ago
boats: *I see this as an absolute win!*
anjali mathur
anjali mathur 5 hours ago
European powers really messed up a lot!
im life in surabaya
Lotusamb Jeruk
Lotusamb Jeruk 4 hours ago
no one asked
Dogma 6 hours ago
I don’t wanna hear this language again, sink faster.
EpicSayGamer 7 hours ago
Jakarta sinks Disney: Let's make. A sequel to atlantis the lost empire Jakarta: The lost Empire
EpicSayGamer 7 hours ago
If only trump was still the us president
Danang Graito
Danang Graito 7 hours ago
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 8 hours ago
Can't wait
Jeanelle Lagrimas
Jeanelle Lagrimas 8 hours ago
Very informative ✨
funkiemonkie 9 hours ago
bro just move
Kany Sabila
Kany Sabila 9 hours ago
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
Johari Talib
Johari Talib 10 hours ago
Too much jamu, too many people digging well for dresh water, poor irrigation, too many prostitusi
Visal Hendraa
Visal Hendraa 10 hours ago
The Government is still busy with their politcal problem and corruption issue and never solve their sinking city
Rynaldy Cavdra
Rynaldy Cavdra 10 hours ago
Thank you Vox for this interesting news, and explaining the perspective of the outside media, and for comparing the explanations from our domestic media.
Devania Sou
Devania Sou 11 hours ago
Not only Jakarta will sink, but several cities will also sink in the future (due to human factors and natural factors) I hope the local government can plan something better so that the cities don't sink and all will be okay (I'm using google translate, so If there's any sentence or word are wrong tell me... so I can learn more^^ Thank You)
avarice seven
avarice seven 11 hours ago
So they're going to make a bird-shaped island that takes 30 years to complete (if ever undertaken), instead of giving them piped water?
Ya Boi Boris
Ya Boi Boris 12 hours ago
So once again it's societys fault
Capital A
Capital A 12 hours ago
Why are brown people around the world subjugated to lighter-skinned people?
Be Yourself
Be Yourself 13 hours ago
*did you know indonesian engineer can make flying city ?* They are have the blueprint and please, keep its secret don't tell anyone 🙊
Ker Loz
Ker Loz 13 hours ago
The vengeful connection coincidently bolt because swing proportionally correct beside a paltry defense. tired, vast fragrance
Muris Halilovic
Muris Halilovic 16 hours ago
Here is one solution make dutch pay for it.
Sony Digital
Sony Digital 17 hours ago
poor indonesia
Felipe Valdés
Felipe Valdés 17 hours ago
Kenapa ga ada yg membahas tentang itu di Indonesia?
Noir. 4 hours ago
Krn ga ada yg mau nonton jg. Banyak kok di USposts. Cari aja dan liat aja sendiri. Views nya cmn secuil dibanding acara gossip ato video viral.
Muhammad Mirza Arroyyan
Muhammad Mirza Arroyyan 7 hours ago
Yang lagi viral radikal radikul sama politik setempat doang gan. Lebih hot soalnya.
robi darwis
robi darwis 8 hours ago
Ada kok cuman kadang buat kepentingan media / partai :(
Raymond Christopher Tanto
Raymond Christopher Tanto 17 hours ago
gatau sih
Dustin 18 hours ago
They could also start tearing out concrete and create lots of parks that double as rainwater basins that will allow the aquifer to refill as they lay pipes. Instead of seawall why aren't they just building a water treatment and delivery system?
Dustin 18 hours ago
When Jakarta became independent from the Dutch and started their extreme growth, why wasn't the city planned or piped as it grew? That doesn't make sense to me.
dwiky hermawan
dwiky hermawan 18 hours ago
Jakarta sinking bec lot of greedy ppl!
good animation
good animation 18 hours ago
For someone who already lives in jakarta this bonechilling😨😨😨
L.K. Lim
L.K. Lim 20 hours ago
Have to start seeking new sources of water first (like water treatment plants) and then de-commissioned the use of piped water afterward. Find meaning to channel rainwater back to underground. No use building walls if you didnt solve the root cause of the issue in the very first place in which that bird plan is seriously just draining money into the sea lol.
2011 Toyota Innova Type V Diesel
2011 Toyota Innova Type V Diesel 20 hours ago
Indonesia need dutch
Lisa Su
Lisa Su 21 hour ago
build the city underwater problem solved.
Muhammad Yasin
Muhammad Yasin 21 hour ago
Saatnya siapin perahu . Pemerintah mencoba buta
Ahmad Sanusi Hassan
Ahmad Sanusi Hassan 21 hour ago
Most population in Kota Bharu Kelantan in Malaysia also rely on ground water. ..... pls help from the federal govt....
Kaia Jensen
Kaia Jensen 21 hour ago
These people are so so strong for dealing with this for decades.
iPlay Gaming
iPlay Gaming 22 hours ago
Foreign media: inform youe country about it sinking and try to fix it Indonesian goverment: ayo this city is sinking let's just mobe to Kalimantan
Tulus Aris Sugianto
Tulus Aris Sugianto 22 hours ago
It's also difficult if we become the government there, but not the ones who like corruption
Tanishq Singh Bajwa
Tanishq Singh Bajwa 22 hours ago
Dutch government deleting comments again
Baldwin xu
Baldwin xu 23 hours ago
Why does it feel like history repeating? When other countries were developing before, didn’t they also face this challenge?
Alexander Pinkerton
Alexander Pinkerton 23 hours ago
Not a strong argument that the Dutch colonists (ignoble as they were) are to blame for the past 70 years of Indonesian mismanagement of the problem...
Dustin 18 hours ago
Yeah I don't understand that either. I understand they founded the city, but they haven't run it since the 40s and it wasn't until then that the massive growth started.
El 23 hours ago
yang ngomong baru vox internasional nayangin materi ini, fix jarang baca berita/ nonton tv berita.
Apalaharti Sebuahnama
Apalaharti Sebuahnama Day ago
Guys I have a solution for this! If the problem is Jakarta sinking on its weight then when it's already under the water there will be no problem anymore cuz people would decentralize on its own, many people might died in the process.
Ahmad Ganteng
Ahmad Ganteng Day ago
It is just an old problem that keep happening. See?? We still can lived here.. While the politician still wasting time, we still see this problem as something on far horizon..
Mechelle Kingman
Mechelle Kingman Day ago
They tried to say it was sea rising .but sat data put payed to that ,sea levels our not rising ,there's been record ice gain this winter
Not Ariq
Not Ariq Day ago
Salute from indonesia neighbour , Malaysia
Rizky Gusna
Rizky Gusna Day ago
Netflix original: "Jakarta Sinks 2050"
Bitchesa mae Biglangtambling
Bitchesa mae Biglangtambling Day ago
Free west papua! Give back the freedom
Free Man
Free Man Day ago
So Allah is becoming Islamophobic
Jason yu
Jason yu Day ago
If you have ever visited Jakarta, you would also notice that it's drainage has been pretty awful. So no clean freshwater coming in, and no way for the sewage to go out. And it's the fault of rapid population growth.
Rafi Haidar
Rafi Haidar Day ago
Oh so you wanna flood come here -jakarta
Farhan Mirza M
Farhan Mirza M Day ago
Mr jokowi, any solution?
Rainbow LOVE
Rainbow LOVE Day ago
Solution: build farther away from the sea.
satria nugraha MERAKyat'Teh`TariK'
satria nugraha MERAKyat'Teh`TariK' Day ago
Theres a plan to move the capital to another city but at least it will take 5 years to even begin
Rahel Ulina
Rahel Ulina Day ago
Wow, this problem must be resolved by the government ... why not try to make some special reservoirs for drinking water? like Batam city? because here the water source is indeed only from one company managed by the Riau Islands province, only a suggestion, so that Jakarta will be better in the future
ルナ Day ago
Europeans ruined everything....
LeoDaGoat Day ago
Exactly lol
Aaron Grey
Aaron Grey Day ago
Its karma for what they are doing in West Papua
Kαɳԃα Kσყσ
Kαɳԃα Kσყσ 16 hours ago
What did they do?
Kono 18 hours ago
Boo hoo
Steven Maniscalco
Steven Maniscalco Day ago
Developing a piping system to deliver water from the aquifers will not prevent the city from sinking? Your still removing water faster then its replaced. Im not understanding the emphasis put on the lack of piping causing this problem?
chrizzly dizzly
chrizzly dizzly Day ago
It only matters if rich people are affected i don't care about poor people if us rich people have a problem it should be fixed we matter not the poor people
Kocheng Oren
Kocheng Oren Day ago
I Know what the civillian saying...
Kocheng Oren
Kocheng Oren Day ago
As An Indonesian...i want to say IM *Not* On *Jakarta* ... *BUT* *IM* *HECC* *RIGHT* *NEXT* *TO* *IT* ... *yeah* *DEPOK* *CITY*
Kareem Kalisari
Kareem Kalisari Day ago
Kareem Kalisari
Kareem Kalisari Day ago
Oh, When you smile... It makes me smile... When you cry... I can’t help but cry.... __________________ INDONESIAN
Fellisya Margareth
Fellisya Margareth Day ago
Looks like no one in this country really care about this. They were being way too ignorant and careless. Even though the citizens here knows about this, do you expect them to do something about it? They'll probably just stay at their home, praying to God for mercy and blessings. It's sad to see this historical land is going to sink, soon. If we don't do anything about this, we might risk billions of lives in danger. The other foreign's media pays more attention than this country's media and citizens.
Fellisya Margareth
Fellisya Margareth 21 hour ago
@Miranda lambert True. This country is a really religious country, and as you know, majority of this country's citizens are those economics situation who's below the sufficient. Is it because this country is overpopulated? No. This country is not overpopulated, the citizens here just aren't that migrant type of people. They decide to stay at one city/island until it's very populated. Plus, the government already tried to solve this problem but as what I heard, the citizens reject a project that the government have been doing and they discontinued the project. I'm apologize if the informations I'm giving are wrong (correct me if I'm wrong, thank you). Thank you for reading this comment, have a great day.
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 23 hours ago
they only care which is haram has pork meat bla bla
Cannn Thonnn
Cannn Thonnn Day ago
Dutch people were A S S H O L E S....thinking themselves superior to indigenous Indonesians!!
Dr. dumplings
Dr. dumplings Day ago
as a dutchman, i can only say: je moet je bek houden want ik had je vader kunnen zijn als je moeder niet zo duur was.
Boen Day ago
25 cm per year?! That is incomprehensible
YahBoiHammy Day ago
The lopsided pakistan gully spray because stream subcellularly chew along a obsolete state. sharp, wealthy gray
ThatOne AnimeGuy
ThatOne AnimeGuy Day ago
i dont like colord people
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
@LeoDaGoat japanese are east asian not dirti Southeast asian
LeoDaGoat Day ago
But yet everything on your channel was made by colored people lol
Vladimir Villiani
Vladimir Villiani Day ago
we should take Jakarta, and PUSH IT somewhere else !
MarvelousSandstone Day ago
My city was also built on a swamp but lucky for us also built in the middle of the country so we can't really sink into the ocean. This is heartbreaking. All these people losing everything.
hello Day ago
1:57 i thought they were ganna say because they aren't subbed to vox
LeoDaGoat Day ago
gazer gazer
clynt Day ago
Unrelated to the topic but, I wanna learn how you make these videos. The slight coppyness of the animations looks polished
Ushio Gaming
Ushio Gaming Day ago
On 02:48, think about this Jakartans, Governor Anis said rain downpour should entered the soil instead of align it to the sea. He's not wrong then?
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
except that its impossible to do soo. and its useless compared to the water being used..... he has peanut for brain but hey as long as he is native... thank god i live in singapore malaysia
CJ Does Random Things
CJ Does Random Things Day ago
I'm looking for a comment that says: "Raised to the ground?"
J. P.
J. P. Day ago
They said "razed," which means "destroyed completely." It sounds the same as "raised" but has a different meaning.
Suria Nikki
Suria Nikki Day ago
Maybe Atlantis become real if this keep happening.
widi baka
widi baka Day ago
very informative
Tim Beckman
Tim Beckman Day ago
Make the Dutch government pay to modernize the water distribution to all Jakarta's citizens
Eva Aulbers
Eva Aulbers Hour ago
I’m down to pay extra taxes to help solve this issue, but sadly I don’t think many people in NL would feel the same way. But can you imagine, if we paid a monthly say, 1% of our Dutch salaries and gave it to Jakarta, I think that could do so much good!
FreaknJoshwa Day ago
Can we start blaming these colonizers for ruining countries’ culture, belief, traditions and depleting OUR resources for THEIR own gains!?
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
that also happen 70 years ago otherwise yall be living like cavemen with burming torches, no electricity no lamp
Rahmad Mhirza
Rahmad Mhirza Day ago
Vox ini mengada-ada. Jakarta itu tenggelam karena melanggar sunnatullah.
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
bukannya krn lupa ksh sesajen ke allah
suman BAraL
suman BAraL Day ago
At the very beginning , a pagoda style mosque ??? That shape is a Hindu temple , isn’t it ? Okay this video ends in 15 seconds 😂😂😂 with causes and solutions for the drowning Indonesia.
Rajkaran Virk
Rajkaran Virk 10 hours ago
Well, it would be the shape of a Buddhist temple not Hindu, and the reason it is a pagoda style mosque is because Indonesia was heavily influence by China.
Qaedi Nahri
Qaedi Nahri Day ago
8:55 Orange Dude : "Did someone say *WALLS* ?"
another day another take on how bad the impact of colonialism is.. 😁 I love it lol. Thanks vox!!
Abdul Aziz Farhan
Abdul Aziz Farhan Day ago
Wonderful Jakarta
MultiCappie Day ago
Maybe instead of focusing your energy on worshipping things you can't even know exist, you should focus your energy on what you can know.
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 2 days ago
people in the future discovering remains of jakarta : "is this Atlantis?"
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
more like knock off atlantis.....
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 2 days ago
Malu bro
Kokave7 2 days ago
To my fellow indonesians.. Don't live in jakarta if you can.
Juan Rocha
Juan Rocha 2 days ago
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sabiq rusydi
sabiq rusydi 2 days ago
It's still boggling me how you mostly blame the Dutch. No one in Indonesia and Jakarta blame Dutch for the bad city planning, it's the peoples and the government problems
Patricks Perezases
Patricks Perezases 2 days ago
Thanks for this video coverage and documentary......
PG ET 2 days ago
This documentary puts an emphasis on the responsibility of the Dutch designers and lack of maintenance of the canals thereafter. It is just briefly mentioned that Jakarta's population rose from 1,5 M in 1950 (Indonesia's independence) to about 11 M today, making of the distribution of the piped water a quite different challenge than 70 years ago. And clearly, during this time period, the Indonesian government didn't do much for his people, though its financial resources were important.
puffpuffin1 11 hours ago
The government did start constructing water pipes, but it wasn't enough. Didn't you see the chart? The infrastructure and city design with canals designed to segregate only made this more challenging. I'm not completely discounting government corruption, but there are many pieces to the puzzle that this documentary did not show that would be needed to pipe the whole city. The way the streets are laid out is a BIG part of a water system, and you discounting the Dutch influence through their LEVELING of the city and rebuilding it via segregational ways only shows your ignorance. To me, the Indonsian government really needs to light the torch under the Dutch government's feet to help pay for the cost to construct water piping through out the city. The fact that the seawall planned by them is still not complete only shows their lack of responsibility for their horrendous actions.
puffpuffin1 11 hours ago
​@Daniel Francis How do you know what the neighboring region's infrastructure was like when then started installing water pipes? They probably didn't have canals that were purposely built to segregate the city. It's a lot harder to build continuous pipes along a street if they keep intersecting canals. The Dutch LEVELED the city. Did the conquerors level Shanghai, Taiwan? Nope. Tokyo wasn't even conquered so they didn't have to deal with conquerors.
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
fyi no one in Indonesia ever blame the dutch....... they blame it all corrupt lazy government with even more corrupt goverment officials
Valaryant 22 hours ago
@PG ET Yeah, quite disgusting if u ask me.
PG ET Day ago
@Valaryant You'll always find, especially in the media, people trying to rewrite history for their own purpose.
Vincent S
Vincent S 2 days ago
That bird shaped island is such a joke proposal.
Tourist From Earth
Tourist From Earth 2 days ago
orang indonesia dekil2 ya.. jarang mandi..
Chanel Coco
Chanel Coco 2 days ago
dutch's fault
[•The Na-Nau Teams•]
[•The Na-Nau Teams•] 2 days ago
Tempat tinggal saya di bogor, dan setiap bogor hujan,pasti jakarta yang banjir:'
Allberthous Day ago
Snodge Kat
Snodge Kat 2 days ago
What horrors CAN’T colonialism do? what a horrific legacy.
Jameel Miah
Jameel Miah 2 days ago
Seems like most of the problems in the world today are one way or another connected to colonialism or western imperialism 🙄
Re 2 days ago
Biarin dah biar seluruh dunia tau, nh loh indonesia
La Alegancia
La Alegancia 2 days ago
This case will never end!! coz u know what Indonesian citizen mindset is "what ever the leader is capable or not, as long as they're Muslim it's ok, we support them" smh🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
PINK BLACK TXB 2 days ago
Actually Jakarta has a lot of good things, but in this video what is shot is only bad
Miranda lambert
Miranda lambert 22 hours ago
@Mini M because one create money to spend touring europe and buying branded bags ...... the other one requires a lot of money and sweat
@Mini M I also don't know because I'm not the president
Mini M
Mini M 2 days ago
a lot of good things built on sinking ground. How about build pipes for people first instead of skyscrapers and malls
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