Why Jakarta is sinking 

Weergaven 2,7 mln.
98% 26 390 460

The 400-year curse dragging Indonesia's capital into the sea.
Subscribe to our channel!
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:
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:
Thanks for watching and let us know what you think in the comments! is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out​.
Watch our full video catalog:​
Follow Vox on Facebook:​
Or Twitter: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
Watch our full video catalog:
Follow Vox on Facebook:
Or Twitter:

Gepubliceerd op


19 feb. 2021




Bezig met laden.....

Toevoegen aan:

Later bekijken
Reacties 100   
Vox 17 dagen geleden
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
Fatih BG
Fatih BG 7 uur geleden
@Na Ma frii payer buril
Argent Knight
Argent Knight Dag geleden
Rynaldy Cavdra
Rynaldy Cavdra 2 dagen geleden
I explain about Indonesia again plzz,,,
Om Prast
Om Prast 3 dagen geleden
Wow, matur suwon
Kareem Kalisari
Kareem Kalisari 3 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
Lucas 2 uur geleden
Jakarta is beyond repair
Daniel Wilson
Daniel Wilson 2 uur geleden
Where is Patrick Star when you need him?
D. Mark Agostinelli
D. Mark Agostinelli 2 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?
sivia nunez
sivia nunez 2 uur geleden
Do they have 🌋?
mossy art
mossy art 4 uur geleden
This is how life work sometime Mother Nature want some of the land and they should build a drain
Purple Pink Trends
Purple Pink Trends 5 uur geleden
Stay safe Indonesian friends
FBI 5 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? 👁️👄👁️
wiwien 6 uur geleden
What a curse of being colonized by the Dutch!
Aman Saraf
Aman Saraf 6 uur geleden
Every wrong in the world today can be traced back to colonialism
Claive 7 uur geleden
Be safe to my neighborhood country people ❤
Wimpy 7 uur geleden
Some people believe because of ice caps lamao
MinecraftDude11 8 uur geleden
Fun fact. The Dutch grounds are also sinking while the sea levels are rising.
Goresan Hitam
Goresan Hitam 8 uur geleden
Mampus 😆🤭 canda
DS_ MaulanaAlvian
DS_ MaulanaAlvian 9 uur geleden
cuz w ar fool
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 10 uur geleden
Geologist: Jakarta is sinking Jakartans: we have the strongest military in SEA, we are happy with that
• Pepe •
• Pepe • 10 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.
bcvbb hyui
bcvbb hyui 10 uur geleden
I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy
Josh Davis
Josh Davis 10 uur geleden
Now that the iceburg broke off in Antarctica it will make the sea level rise faster than ever.
DZ 11 uur geleden
Colonizers zz
AMisfitsDiary 12 uur geleden
Why is it that all our problems can be traced to white people. Sigh.
MJ Caranto
MJ Caranto 13 uur geleden
that because indonisian in jakarta keep using wells
KolonK Sporadis
KolonK Sporadis 13 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 Sporadis
KolonK Sporadis 13 uur geleden
@Bon G siapa yg bocah?
Bon G
Bon G 13 uur geleden
Lol bocahh
bestamerica 15 uur geleden
' island indonesia is a soft ground land... ground land can slowly tide down then fill water up
surreal romiics
surreal romiics 15 uur geleden
Gamilagalo Ear
Gamilagalo Ear 17 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 Ear
Gamilagalo Ear 17 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
T MindGame
T MindGame 17 uur geleden
Mamam tuh demo, mau dibuat tembok malah protes skrng siapa yg susah😂
Bon G
Bon G 13 uur geleden
WKWK, orangnya ga ada akal
Robby darmawan
Robby darmawan 18 uur geleden
Thank you Vox for information 🙏
amana sivkem abe
amana sivkem abe 19 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
Shauna Fuller
Shauna Fuller 20 uur geleden
Great information
REgamesplayer 21 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.
Ro Shambo
Ro Shambo 21 uur geleden
Weird time to advertise the vox logo..
iunno o
iunno o 21 uur geleden
I'm here bc PVCs such a pepega adhd andy
Lazy Islander
Lazy Islander 22 uur geleden
The rich always preys on the poor , the worst thing to happen to this planet is the human race
am_ taur
am_ taur 23 uur geleden
So In short, the people in the government in Indonesia are either incompetent or corrupt. Indonesians should be afraid if it is both.
bronxgirl712 23 uur 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 🙄
Ezee Baqi
Ezee Baqi Dag geleden
Yuriy Zubov
Yuriy Zubov Dag geleden
Thanks for the material.
Yogi Tamaki
Yogi Tamaki Dag geleden
Stop blaming the government, we also have a responsibility as citizen to protect our environment 🔥
Blaise Hope
Blaise Hope Dag 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
Ads Sound
Ads Sound Dag geleden
I am grateful the Dutch colonial left 🤣🤣🤣
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes Dag geleden
Bangkok too.
3b Aisha Shabrina
3b Aisha Shabrina Dag geleden
Hello my country :v
Your Mom
Your Mom Dag geleden
As a jakartan im pretty siked about being a merman
ArzaHelkilporo Dag geleden
I have no comment because it's true
AyoWassupBro Dag geleden
So is it the dutch fault?
SkinnerClimbs Dag geleden
Blame colonisation
M. Faiz Septian
M. Faiz Septian Dag geleden
dont know either
Yashin Yoku
Yashin Yoku Dag geleden
after 600+ years of colonization is this what we must accept :(
now lomme
now lomme Dag geleden
When it actually sinks, I'm sad to think that maybe my future grandchildren will have more history to learn. Poor them.
Akim Amin
Akim Amin Dag geleden
Jakarta is too overpopulated. Money is not everything. Time to move back to own villages and peace of mind is more important.
Sasha's Potato
Sasha's Potato Dag geleden
Oh my gawd...
The Zhafran
The Zhafran Dag geleden
Who else live in jakarta? Me
The Zhafran
The Zhafran Dag geleden
Hey is indonesian near atlantis? If yes i can met aquaman i live in jakarta after all
The Zhafran
The Zhafran Dag geleden
Sasongko *
Sasongko * Dag geleden
Jakarta butuh kesungguhan, dalam mengatasi banjir dan sepertinya lebih baik pindah ibu kota sebelum terlambat
Yunita Puspita
Yunita Puspita Dag geleden
Tanah Air Yang Kucintaaaaa Engkau kubanggakan
Gotcha Open 2
Gotcha Open 2 Dag 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!❤️❤️🙏🏼.....
Soumyasish Bhattacharyya
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. Dag geleden
Nice ☺️ ❤️&✌️
nico orlando
nico orlando Dag geleden
Hmm yes the start of 2020 it actually flooded my house
9:38 looks beautiful though, like a prog rock album cover
D0d3s Dag geleden
the capital will soon move to East Kalimantan, now the construction process is underway, hopefully it will run smoothly
Chandra Prakash
Chandra Prakash Dag 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..🙏
thefirstchampster Dag geleden
I'm genuinely terrified for the year 2050.
Dion Gantengkan
Dion Gantengkan Dag geleden
What is sinking ? i am indonesia. ora udud paru paru ora smile
Dion Gantengkan
Dion Gantengkan 13 uur geleden
@Bon G gak penting b inggris wkkwkwk asal nilai bagus juga dah enak
Bon G
Bon G 13 uur geleden
Sinking itu tenggelam dek, makanya kalo lagi bljr b.inggris dengerin👍👍
Dwi Haryanto
Dwi Haryanto Dag geleden
bagus, serakah sih, yang dibangun cuma jakarta dan sekitarnya saja. Jawa Tengah saja yang masih satu pulau pembangunannya tertinggal.
Bon G
Bon G 13 uur geleden
kuding Kuding
kuding Kuding Dag geleden
I am proud to know it
kuding Kuding
kuding Kuding Dag geleden
I am proud with this chanel
Florida Man
Florida Man Dag 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 Man
Florida Man Dag 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.
Wocky slush
Wocky slush Dag geleden
Welp bye
Allyson Young
Allyson Young Dag geleden
But I think that enough decades have passed from Dutch rule without having to blame them. The Indonesian government must now act.
aldo liong tanpanawas
Im an indonesian the new capital will be tenggarong it will be in the "province" called east kalimantan thats all i know
para San
para San Dag geleden
tragedy comes from an architect problem or street design.
Lintang Azzamta
Lintang Azzamta Dag geleden
I told my friends that jakarta is sinking but they dont trust me :(
Sunsetblvd 1950
Sunsetblvd 1950 Dag geleden
This is the first time a coverage about sinking jakarta mentioned the effects of colonization on the issue. Good research.
Yuma Atwood
Yuma Atwood Dag geleden
the other side of suffering is Greatness .....
Naz 2 dagen geleden
Bc God dont like it.
Softly VNTconcept
Softly VNTconcept 2 dagen geleden
Hope they will solve that problem. Love from Philippines
Insat 444
Insat 444 2 dagen geleden
We are the dumbest species
ArQuel Yap
ArQuel Yap 2 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.
Asharaf Abdul Salam
Asharaf Abdul Salam 2 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
Metadragon 2 dagen geleden
TL;DR: Blame Europeans.
KOTA TAHU 2 dagen geleden
Keberatan dg bangunan pencakar langit, terutama di jakarta utara yang berbatasan dgn laut...
WR 96
WR 96 2 dagen geleden
Jakarta is sinking. The local govt: And what about it? 💅🏼💅🏼💅🏼
Ramkumar Suresh N V
Ramkumar Suresh N V 2 dagen geleden
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 2 dagen geleden
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 2 dagen geleden
And people still protesting about moving the capital into Borneo? Dude, just your city is literally sinking 😂
Quttubuddin Al Abin Aibak Ulf Sheikh
Jakarta: *Sinking 92,000 people: I like this!
ken PRIVATE 2 dagen geleden
boats: *I see this as an absolute win!*
anjali mathur
anjali mathur 2 dagen geleden
European powers really messed up a lot!
MUHAMMAD RAFI ADITYA 2 dagen geleden
im life in surabaya
Lotusamb Jeruk
Lotusamb Jeruk 2 dagen geleden
no one asked
Dogma 2 dagen geleden
I don’t wanna hear this language again, sink faster.
EpicSayGamer 2 dagen geleden
Jakarta sinks Disney: Let's make. A sequel to atlantis the lost empire Jakarta: The lost Empire
EpicSayGamer 2 dagen geleden
If only trump was still the us president
Danang Graito
Danang Graito 2 dagen geleden
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 2 dagen geleden
Can't wait
Jeanelle Lagrimas
Jeanelle Lagrimas 2 dagen geleden
Very informative ✨
funkiemonkie 2 dagen geleden
bro just move
Kany Sabila
Kany Sabila 2 dagen geleden
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
What makes Delhi's air so deadly
Why Mumbai Has Slums
Weergaven 3,4 mln.
Bananas As We Know Them Are Doomed