Why Jakarta is sinking

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  • Published on Feb 19, 2021
  • 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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Comments • 70

  • Vox
    Vox  13 days ago +3740

    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

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      Obama is Epic 3 hours ago

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      bilcanmuf gaming 4 hours ago

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    • Jesse Newton
      Jesse Newton 6 hours ago

      Could you cover South Korea's current political systems? I'm still amazed and curious as to how the Korean citizens have impacted the ex-president's impeachment.

    • Obama is Epic
      Obama is Epic 11 hours ago

      @Na Ma *Free bocil lol*

    • Atha 101
      Atha 101 16 hours ago

      You bucher the Indonesian name. I am disappointed

  • Boen
    Boen 9 minutes ago

    25 cm per year?! That is incomprehensible

  • YahBoiHammy
    YahBoiHammy 15 minutes ago

    The lopsided pakistan gully spray because stream subcellularly chew along a obsolete state. sharp, wealthy gray

  • ThatOne AnimeGuy
    ThatOne AnimeGuy 41 minute ago +1

    i dont like colord people

  • Vladimir Villiani

    we should take Jakarta, and PUSH IT somewhere else !

  • MarvelousSandstone
    MarvelousSandstone 2 hours 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
    hello 2 hours ago

    1:57 i thought they were ganna say because they aren't subbed to vox

  • clynt
    clynt 2 hours 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 3 hours 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?

  • CJ Does Random Things
    CJ Does Random Things 3 hours ago

    I'm looking for a comment that says: "Raised to the ground?"

  • Suria Nikki
    Suria Nikki 4 hours ago

    Maybe Atlantis become real if this keep happening.

  • widi baka
    widi baka 4 hours ago

    very informative

  • Tim Beckman
    Tim Beckman 4 hours ago +1

    Make the Dutch government pay to modernize the water distribution to all Jakarta's citizens

  • FreaknJoshwa
    FreaknJoshwa 5 hours ago

    Can we start blaming these colonizers for ruining countries’ culture, belief, traditions and depleting OUR resources for THEIR own gains!?

  • Rahmad Mhirza
    Rahmad Mhirza 5 hours ago

    Vox ini mengada-ada.
    Jakarta itu tenggelam karena melanggar sunnatullah.

  • suman BAraL
    suman BAraL 5 hours 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.

  • Qaedi Nahri
    Qaedi Nahri 6 hours ago

    8:55 Orange Dude : "Did someone say *WALLS* ?"

  • DESTI ALICYA
    DESTI ALICYA 6 hours ago

    another day another take on how bad the impact of colonialism is.. 😁 I love it lol. Thanks vox!!

  • Abdul Aziz Farhan
    Abdul Aziz Farhan 9 hours ago

    Wonderful Jakarta

  • MultiCappie
    MultiCappie 10 hours ago +2

    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 12 hours ago

    people in the future discovering remains of jakarta : "is this Atlantis?"

  • Kokave7
    Kokave7 14 hours ago

    To my fellow indonesians.. Don't live in jakarta if you can.

  • Juan Rocha
    Juan Rocha 16 hours ago

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  • sabiq rusydi
    sabiq rusydi 17 hours 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 17 hours ago

    Thanks for this video coverage and documentary......

  • PG ET
    PG ET 21 hour ago +23

    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.

    • Valaryant
      Valaryant Hour ago

      Yeah, that bothered me as well, big emphasis in the evil conquerors (which of course they always are) and quite little about the insignificant effort of the actual government to fix things. Btw, the news outlets there seldom talk about this problem, I wonder why.

  • Vincent S
    Vincent S 22 hours ago

    That bird shaped island is such a joke proposal.

  • Tourist From Earth

    orang indonesia dekil2 ya.. jarang mandi..

  • Chanel Coco
    Chanel Coco Day ago

    dutch's fault

  • [•The Na-Nau Teams•]

    Tempat tinggal saya di bogor, dan setiap bogor hujan,pasti jakarta yang banjir:'

  • Snodge Kat
    Snodge Kat Day ago

    What horrors CAN’T colonialism do? what a horrific legacy.

  • Jameel Miah
    Jameel Miah Day ago

    Seems like most of the problems in the world today are one way or another connected to colonialism or western imperialism 🙄

  • Re
    Re Day ago

    Biarin dah biar seluruh dunia tau, nh loh indonesia

  • La Alegancia
    La Alegancia Day ago +2

    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
    PINK BLACK TXB Day ago

    Actually Jakarta has a lot of good things, but in this video what is shot is only bad

    • PINK BLACK TXB
      PINK BLACK TXB 5 hours ago

      @Mini M I also don't know because I'm not the president

    • Mini M
      Mini M 16 hours ago

      a lot of good things built on sinking ground. How about build pipes for people first instead of skyscrapers and malls

  • lol lol
    lol lol Day ago

    Save myanmar

  • lol lol
    lol lol Day ago

    Save Myanmar

  • RHN [AMV]
    RHN [AMV] Day ago +1

    Malu bro

  • Ridho Wiranatakusumah

    udah tau dr smp sekara umur 25 org jakarta pada sadar ya

  • Ridho Wiranatakusumah

    i already know this since jhs thanks vox

  • Dean Winchester
    Dean Winchester Day ago

    Really interesting video. Storm ponds help with collecting water as well.

  • Gustavo Machado
    Gustavo Machado Day ago

    jakarta is killing itself....

  • Haeun Kim
    Haeun Kim Day ago

    Thank you for this educational video- I did not know that sinking was such a serious problem in Jakarta. Instead of planning to move the capital city to elsewhere, the Indonesian government should seriously think of ways to solve the problem.

  • Eriko
    Eriko Day ago +3

    Good documentary, but you forgot to mention how overpopulated Jakarta is. It's not all Dutch's fault.

    • DESTI ALICYA
      DESTI ALICYA 6 hours ago +1

      I agree, it’s not all the dutch fault, but I think it was a take that specifically highlight on how ridiculously BAD and WIDE the impact of colonialism is.

    • DESTI ALICYA
      DESTI ALICYA 6 hours ago +1

      It’s kinda self explanatory to me. The dutch made Jakarta its’ center for trades, governance, etc and it attracts + nurture modern civilization until now. In a way, that caused significant reason for people to keep moving in to Jakarta. That’s why the government is planning to move our capital city, or at least to move the whole governing thing on another place, making a concept of washington U.S. and new york city or some sorts. I’d doubt it’d become less populated but lets see🙁 at this point they have to move at an URGENT pace or else time will run out

  • Andry f
    Andry f Day ago

    I am from flores indonesia..smart explanations👋👋👋👋

  • G . DHANESHWAR
    G . DHANESHWAR Day ago

    Very gud

  • NPJ Global
    NPJ Global Day ago

    00:39 Alright, alright, but what has Jakarta been thinking about for so long?

  • shikamaru012
    shikamaru012 Day ago

    what make me sad about this is jakarta lacks the political will to solve this issue. The solution is already there but no one is stepping up.

  • Noah Brown
    Noah Brown Day ago

    The Dutch need to read that bible

  • Aprian Wijaya
    Aprian Wijaya Day ago

    Two words: so devastating.

  • Sohilah Nazir
    Sohilah Nazir Day ago

    The whole world is sinking and you will never be able to explain why scientifically therefore scientists will continue to baffle themselves with numbers for measurements from wind to fire to planets and earthquakes never seeing that numbers never do uphold anything.

  • Luna Ssr
    Luna Ssr Day ago

    True all sinking in north,Tanjung Priok,and in kota any building inside land too,in Kota or old city Jakarta

  • Kath Parreno
    Kath Parreno Day ago

    When your mom gives you a new shirt and you ignore your old clothes because you don´t need them anymore ,cause you already have found a new, better, and clean one

  • Kath Parreno
    Kath Parreno Day ago

    In this kind of situation the people and residents are the one´s who´s suffering and the government and the media are ignoring them as if Jakarta doesn´t exist .

  • Kath Parreno
    Kath Parreno Day ago +6

    News : Jakarta is sinking
    Indonesian Government: Okay cool we have to move our capital in other places😴
    People : 😑

  • Hisui Ryu
    Hisui Ryu Day ago

    The worst thing is, the government doesn't care about this.

  • Billy H
    Billy H Day ago

    We are sinking and our government still corrupt.
    They never hear us, they muted us.

  • Restina Aprilianti

    Miris saat media luar negeri jauh lebih peduli dengan keadaan Jakarta, sementara media nasional justru memberitakan hal2 yg tidak penting. We are so left behind.

  • Shahryar Amin
    Shahryar Amin Day ago

    British: We exploited half of the world.
    Spaniards: We plundered South America.
    Dutch: Hey, I have an achievement too. I looted Indonesia .I’m in the league too.

  • Loveless Sevensins

    Just as I look at the title, I already know that this is because of plumbing or what we call sumur bor. it’s not just the poor, the rich use them too to reduce the pipe water cost. They use it for anything but bath and consumption.
    All that talk about moving the capital city, who knows if the people of borneo will totally agree with that.
    Despite saying bhineka tunggal ika, we are separated in our own races here.

  • Mohd Naser
    Mohd Naser Day ago

    😂😂😂 indo people won't understand English... Therefore, it is hardly to see comments from indo nitizen...

  • Nugrahadi Darmawan

    KASIHAN YA JAKARTA

  • Akbar Asep Suhara

    JAKARTA BAKAL TENGGELAM 2030
    ATAU 2040 ATAU 2050.
    OIL & GAS INDONESIA ⛽⛽⛽

  • Akbar Asep Suhara

    JAKARTA BAKAL TENGGELAM 2030
    ATAU 2040 ATAU 2050.
    OIL & GAS INDONESIA ⛽⛽⛽

  • Alien King
    Alien King Day ago

    Itu yang Sok Sokan bacot katanya bisa ngatasi banjir.. bahkan sampai ada yg berani potong tangan segala... Matanya suruh nonton video ini dulu.. biar ngibulnya lebih di perhalus lagi.

  • Sahala ᯘᯪᯀᯉ᯲ᯖᯮᯒᯪ

    That's why Indonesia need a new Capital City, in central Indonesia.

  • Fayed Uddin
    Fayed Uddin Day ago

    And the rich attract themselves towards Bali while the country's capital is ruining. What a shame. Some things will never just change.

  • Álmos Phraner
    Álmos Phraner Day ago

    Its kampung not kampong..

  • princess huinda
    princess huinda Day ago +1

    why not plant mangrove trees.

  • seeni gzty
    seeni gzty Day ago +6

    Alternative title: How Jakarta is trying to copy Venice in an extreme way.

    • seeni gzty
      seeni gzty Day ago

      maybe Because of the cracked ice burg on antarctica