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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  1. Vox
    16 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

    1. Argent Knight
      Argent Knight
      5 jam yang lalu


    2. Rynaldy Cavdra
      Rynaldy Cavdra
      Hari Yang lalu

      I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,

    3. Om Prast
      Om Prast
      2 hari yang lalu

      Wow, matur suwon

    4. Kareem Kalisari
      Kareem Kalisari
      2 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

    5. Obama is Epic
      Obama is Epic
      2 hari yang lalu

      Mobile legend is Weird games.

  2. Yuriy Zubov
    Yuriy Zubov
    7 menit yang lalu

    Thanks for the material.

  3. Yogi Tamaki
    Yogi Tamaki
    19 menit yang lalu

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

  4. Blaise Hope
    Blaise Hope
    Jam Yang lalu

    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

  5. Ads Sound
    Ads Sound
    2 jam yang lalu

    I am grateful the Dutch colonial left 🤣🤣🤣

  6. Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes
    3 jam yang lalu

    Bangkok too.

  7. 3b Aisha Shabrina
    3b Aisha Shabrina
    3 jam yang lalu

    Hello my country :v

  8. Your Mom
    Your Mom
    3 jam yang lalu

    As a jakartan im pretty siked about being a merman

  9. ArzaHelkilporo
    3 jam yang lalu

    I have no comment because it's true

  10. AyoWassupBro
    4 jam yang lalu

    So is it the dutch fault?

    1. SkinnerClimbs
      Jam Yang lalu

      Blame colonisation

  11. M. Faiz Septian
    M. Faiz Septian
    4 jam yang lalu

    dont know either

  12. Yashin Yoku
    Yashin Yoku
    6 jam yang lalu

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

  13. now lomme
    now lomme
    6 jam yang lalu

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

  14. Akim Amin
    Akim Amin
    7 jam yang lalu

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

  15. Sasha's Potato
    Sasha's Potato
    8 jam yang lalu

    Oh my gawd...

  16. The Zhafran
    The Zhafran
    9 jam yang lalu

    Who else live in jakarta? Me

  17. The Zhafran
    The Zhafran
    9 jam yang lalu

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

  18. The Zhafran
    The Zhafran
    9 jam yang lalu


  19. Sasongko *
    Sasongko *
    9 jam yang lalu

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

  20. Yunita Puspita
    Yunita Puspita
    10 jam yang lalu

    Tanah Air Yang Kucintaaaaa Engkau kubanggakan

  21. Gotcha Open 2
    Gotcha Open 2
    10 jam 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!❤️❤️🙏🏼.....

  22. Soumyasish Bhattacharyya
    Soumyasish Bhattacharyya
    11 jam 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.

  23. Querencia.tv
    11 jam yang lalu

    Nice ☺️ ❤️&✌️

  24. nico orlando
    nico orlando
    11 jam yang lalu

    Hmm yes the start of 2020 it actually flooded my house

  25. MrFlipperInvader792
    12 jam yang lalu

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

  26. Diodes
    12 jam yang lalu

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

  27. Chandra Prakash
    Chandra Prakash
    12 jam 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..🙏

  28. thefirstchampster
    12 jam yang lalu

    I'm genuinely terrified for the year 2050.

  29. Dion Gantengkan
    Dion Gantengkan
    12 jam yang lalu

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

  30. Dwi Haryanto
    Dwi Haryanto
    14 jam yang lalu

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

  31. kuding Kuding
    kuding Kuding
    14 jam yang lalu

    I am proud to know it

  32. kuding Kuding
    kuding Kuding
    14 jam yang lalu

    I am proud with this chanel

  33. Florida Man
    Florida Man
    15 jam 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.

  34. Florida Man
    Florida Man
    15 jam 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.

  35. Wocky slush
    Wocky slush
    15 jam yang lalu

    Welp bye

  36. Allyson Young
    Allyson Young
    15 jam yang lalu

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

  37. aldo liong tanpanawas
    aldo liong tanpanawas
    17 jam yang lalu

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

  38. para San
    para San
    17 jam yang lalu

    tragedy comes from an architect problem or street design.

  39. Lintang Azzamta
    Lintang Azzamta
    17 jam yang lalu

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

  40. Sunsetblvd 1950
    Sunsetblvd 1950
    18 jam yang lalu

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

  41. Yuma Atwood
    Yuma Atwood
    20 jam yang lalu

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

  42. Naz
    22 jam yang lalu

    Bc God dont like it.

  43. Softly VNTconcept
    Softly VNTconcept
    22 jam yang lalu

    Hope they will solve that problem. Love from Philippines

  44. Insat 444
    Insat 444
    22 jam yang lalu

    We are the dumbest species

  45. ArQuel Yap
    ArQuel Yap
    23 jam yang lalu

    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.

  46. Asharaf Abdul Salam
    Asharaf Abdul Salam
    23 jam 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

  47. Metadragon
    23 jam yang lalu

    TL;DR: Blame Europeans.

    Hari Yang lalu

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

  49. WR 96
    WR 96
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  50. Ramkumar Suresh N V
    Ramkumar Suresh N V
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  51. Pranshu Pandya
    Pranshu Pandya
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  52. Rezky Donny Putranto
    Rezky Donny Putranto
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  53. Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh
    Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  54. ken PRIVATE
    ken PRIVATE
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  55. anjali mathur
    anjali mathur
    Hari Yang lalu

    European powers really messed up a lot!

    Hari Yang lalu

    im life in surabaya

    1. Lotusamb Jeruk
      Lotusamb Jeruk
      Hari Yang lalu

      no one asked

  57. Dogma
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  58. EpicSayGamer
    Hari Yang lalu

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

  59. EpicSayGamer
    Hari Yang lalu

    If only trump was still the us president

  60. Danang Graito
    Danang Graito
    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.

  61. Hendrianjayyy
    Hari Yang lalu

    Can't wait

  62. Jeanelle Lagrimas
    Jeanelle Lagrimas
    Hari Yang lalu

    Very informative ✨

  63. funkiemonkie
    Hari Yang lalu

    bro just move

  64. Kany Sabila
    Kany Sabila
    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

  65. Johari Talib
    Johari Talib
    Hari Yang lalu

    Too much jamu, too many people digging well for dresh water, poor irrigation, too many prostitusi

  66. Visal Hendraa
    Visal Hendraa
    Hari Yang lalu

    The Government is still busy with their politcal problem and corruption issue and never solve their sinking city

  67. Rynaldy Cavdra
    Rynaldy Cavdra
    Hari Yang lalu

    Thank you Vox for this interesting news, and explaining the perspective of the outside media, and for comparing the explanations from our domestic media.

  68. Devania Sou
    Devania Sou
    Hari Yang lalu

    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)

  69. avarice seven
    avarice seven
    Hari Yang lalu

    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?

  70. Ya Boi Boris
    Ya Boi Boris
    Hari Yang lalu

    So once again it's societys fault

  71. Capital A
    Capital A
    Hari Yang lalu

    Why are brown people around the world subjugated to lighter-skinned people?

  72. Be Yourself
    Be Yourself
    Hari Yang lalu

    *did you know indonesian engineer can make flying city ?* They are have the blueprint and please, keep its secret don't tell anyone 🙊

  73. Ker Loz
    Ker Loz
    Hari Yang lalu

    The vengeful connection coincidently bolt because swing proportionally correct beside a paltry defense. tired, vast fragrance

  74. Muris Halilovic
    Muris Halilovic
    Hari Yang lalu

    Here is one solution make dutch pay for it.

  75. Sony Digital
    Sony Digital
    Hari Yang lalu

    poor indonesia

  76. Felipe Valdés
    Felipe Valdés
    Hari Yang lalu

    Kenapa ga ada yg membahas tentang itu di Indonesia?

    1. Athilla Ruben
      Athilla Ruben
      11 jam yang lalu

      ada kayak dari CNN Indonesia pernah contohnya atau metro tv, namun pembahasan mendalam jarang sekali ada, sekalinya berita banjir yaa seputar banjir itu, jadi pengetahuan warga hanya berputar disitu saja tidak mendalam tidak meluas

    2. nita
      Hari Yang lalu

      Sebagian video ini ada di pelajaran sejarah waktu sekolah felipe sebenarnya tentang jakarta akan tengelam ataupun pulau yang hilang dan muncul kembali pernah viral beberapa tau yang lalu. Bukanya gak di bahasa tapi karna sudah pernah di bahas beberapa tahun yang lalu. Dan tidak di beritakan lagi jadi sebagian orang tidak tau.

    3. Player 257
      Player 257
      Hari Yang lalu

      Mungkin butanya media Indonesia yang hanya melihat berita terviral, bukan terpenting

    4. Akumaru Saburo
      Akumaru Saburo
      Hari Yang lalu

      Ada kok banyak, tapi Orang² lebih tertarik sama berita hiburan, hadeuh..

    5. Noir.
      Hari Yang lalu

      Krn ga ada yg mau nonton jg. Banyak kok di IDclone. Cari aja dan liat aja sendiri. Views nya cmn secuil dibanding acara gossip ato video viral.

  77. Dustin
    2 hari yang lalu

    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?

  78. Dustin
    2 hari yang lalu

    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.

  79. dwiky hermawan
    dwiky hermawan
    2 hari yang lalu

    Jakarta sinking bec lot of greedy ppl!

  80. good animation
    good animation
    2 hari yang lalu

    For someone who already lives in jakarta this bonechilling😨😨😨

  81. L.K. Lim
    L.K. Lim
    2 hari yang lalu

    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.

  82. 2011 Toyota Innova Type V Diesel
    2011 Toyota Innova Type V Diesel
    2 hari yang lalu

    Indonesia need dutch

  83. Lisa Su
    Lisa Su
    2 hari yang lalu

    build the city underwater problem solved.

  84. Muhammad Yasin
    Muhammad Yasin
    2 hari yang lalu

    Saatnya siapin perahu . Pemerintah mencoba buta

  85. Ahmad Sanusi Hassan
    Ahmad Sanusi Hassan
    2 hari yang lalu

    Most population in Kota Bharu Kelantan in Malaysia also rely on ground water. ..... pls help from the federal govt....

  86. Kaia Jensen
    Kaia Jensen
    2 hari yang lalu

    These people are so so strong for dealing with this for decades.

  87. iPlay Gaming
    iPlay Gaming
    2 hari yang lalu

    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

  88. Tulus Aris Sugianto
    Tulus Aris Sugianto
    2 hari yang lalu

    It's also difficult if we become the government there, but not the ones who like corruption

  89. Tanishq Singh Bajwa
    Tanishq Singh Bajwa
    2 hari yang lalu

    Dutch government deleting comments again

  90. Baldwin xu
    Baldwin xu
    2 hari yang lalu

    Why does it feel like history repeating? When other countries were developing before, didn’t they also face this challenge?

  91. Alexander Pinkerton
    Alexander Pinkerton
    2 hari yang lalu

    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...

    1. Dustin
      2 hari yang lalu

      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.

  92. El
    2 hari yang lalu

    yang ngomong baru vox internasional nayangin materi ini, fix jarang baca berita/ nonton tv berita.

  93. Apalaharti Sebuahnama
    Apalaharti Sebuahnama
    2 hari yang lalu

    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.

  94. Ahmad Ganteng
    Ahmad Ganteng
    2 hari yang lalu

    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..

  95. Mechelle Kingman
    Mechelle Kingman
    2 hari yang lalu

    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

  96. Not Ariq
    Not Ariq
    2 hari yang lalu

    Salute from indonesia neighbour , Malaysia

  97. Rizky Gusna
    Rizky Gusna
    2 hari yang lalu

    Netflix original: "Jakarta Sinks 2050"

    1. Yashin Yoku
      Yashin Yoku
      6 jam yang lalu

      The atlantic metro city

  98. Bitchesa mae Biglangtambling
    Bitchesa mae Biglangtambling
    2 hari yang lalu

    Free west papua! Give back the freedom

  99. Free Man
    Free Man
    2 hari yang lalu

    So Allah is becoming Islamophobic

  100. Jason yu
    Jason yu
    2 hari yang lalu

    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.