Jakarta is sinking! – Equator from the Air – BBC

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The city is growing upwards
and outwards with astonishing speed. Jakarta now covers more than 250
square miles of what was once lush coastal planes and forested hills. I’m really struggling to see an area
of green space that’s bigger than a football field. It’s just like a big sea
of grey and brown. It’s just all buildings. And that’s rapid urbanisation
gone horribly, horribly wrong. And one result of Jakarta’s
transformation is having a particularly devastating impact
on the people who live here. This city is sinking. Current predictions are that by
2050, much of this enormous city is going to be under water. Some people estimate that Jakarta
has got about a decade to try and sort itself out. The sinking is caused
by Jakarta’s sudden growth. Hi! Lacking mains water,
people have long dug wells to tap into the aquifer
beneath the city. But demand has rocketed
and now water is extracted on an industrial scale. As a result,
the ground is giving way. Geez! Sea water seeping up
through the paving. There. My God! Add to that,
the sheer weight of the city and Jakarta is subsiding fast, in some places by up to
25 centimetres a year. Many areas are prone to flooding but
it’s the people in poorer coastal neighbourhoods who suffer the most, despite one attempt
to hold back the tide. This is quite
an incredible structure. It stretches for hundreds
of metres in this direction. It’s a massive wall
but it’s not impenetrable. There’s a little bit
of flaking going on here, it’s been patched up here. There is sea water coming through,
there’s little sea creatures swimming about. There’s some sea algae and kelp. As with every wall,
there’s always the desire to find out what’s
on the other side. Oh, my God! Holy smokes! This mosque went under years ago. And behind the wall in this area, the streets now sit
more than a metre below the sea. For people living here,
it’s a precarious existence. This is insane. The tide is high at the moment
and it’s flooded this entire street. It’s stretching 100 metres
up that way and around the corner. Gives a whole new meaning
to seafront accommodation. It looks apocalyptic. There’s even a man
fishing in the street. Many of the businesses here
have been abandoned. But the owners of one small shop
are staying put. I’m Gordon. Nice to meet you.
Hi. Hello. What’s happened to your street? And does it dry out? When the tide is low,
is this completely dry? Can I have a look inside the shop? Thank you. Oh, that looks delicious. Does the water ever get so high
that it comes inside the shop? It’s been up this high? So, does everyone have to
climb onto the roof? Can you swim? Can you swim? I think you should all take lessons. With the city sinking below
sea level, it’s become extremely vulnerable to storm surges. 2013 saw the worst floods
in recent years. Thousands lost their homes. In the aftermath, waterlogged
conditions left locals exposed to diseases like dengue and typhoid. I just can’t imagine
this place has… Has a future. There are buildings
that are derelict. A warehouse here that’s no longer
in use, industries that are gone. This little shop is the only
sign of life that’s here. I think it and the people working
here are living on borrowed time.

 

91 Responses

  1. Silenced Silencer

    July 30, 2019 5:26 am

    Just let it sink, no one cares. Even the city dweller itself did not care as long as they can chase their "Indonesian Dreams" in Jakarta.

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  2. Arvid Syahbuddin Januar

    July 30, 2019 10:38 am

    Gubernur wan Abud si anus itu kemana ya? Kerjanya apa? Oh iya kmren ke Amerika buat undang Formula E ke Jakarta biar bisa meningkatkan nama Indonesia ke kancah dunia! Pertanyaan, emangnya di jakarta ngga ada permasalahan lain buat di selesaikan? Dan emangnya harus gubernur DKI yg membujuk pihak formula E? Apa emng di negara ini ngga ada Menlu atau Menpora? Dasar lo anus wan abud!

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  3. Kyuu-Raa

    July 31, 2019 10:11 am

    And im still thinking why Indonesia media Still focus on Politics and Entertainment not worrying about the sea level that affect the country. Thank you BBC to remember us to worrying us on our problem

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  4. Ian Dian

    August 1, 2019 11:05 am

    thank God i was born and living in East Nusa Tenggara and I love my hometown .๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  5. Sinta Jojo

    August 1, 2019 12:08 pm

    Not a few who commented badly about Jakarta even though they were also from the same country, instead of praying for the best for my city but instead praying that soon sank … it's true yes my grandfather said, better living and Dutch citizenship than living in the region humans who have no conscience in Indonesia.
    Gasuka komen aja sob..

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  6. Naing

    August 1, 2019 2:42 pm

    I am very grateful because I live on the island of Sulawesi, but I wonder why most Sulawesi people want to find work in Jakarta?

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  7. Hardi Hidayat

    August 1, 2019 7:50 pm

    To make a huge dam, it cost so big amount of money. Which is cannot afford by the government itself. That is why the former governor has the idea to make a bunch of island for the private company to build it, but for the trade is the high tax for them to pay. The tax from them will be using for the huge dam and the program which prevent Jakarta from sinking. Nowadays, those idea is gone along by the former governor himself. As a citizen, I wish our recently government has a better idea to solve this problem. It was not only the problem how to build a dam, but we must facing the social issue : how to move the citizen along the beach-line to the new better place.

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  8. Leonel Osmond Lewis

    August 2, 2019 5:48 am

    Oh My God! Why the authorities didn't do anything? They supposed to be excavated to another safe place.
    How pity the peoples that still stay there ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฅ…..

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  9. Yo El

    August 2, 2019 8:32 am

    Jakarta tenggelam
    90% rakyat:Bacot,Gua lagi kerja nafkahin keluarga gak sempet urusin gituan,Lebay Loe! Sekarang lagi susah cari duit tau gak LoE? KaLaU S4yA gaK KerJHA siapa yang mau kasih anak saya MAKAN???????

    wkkwkwkwkwkwkwkwkwkwkwkwkkwkwkwkwkwkkwkwkwkwkkwkwk
    #sarcasm4real

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  10. Crap Bag 57

    August 2, 2019 5:14 pm

    This is no joke.What is wrong with the government? They think they can escape with all the money they've been hoarding? Citizens of Indonesia, please do pressure the government.. we will help you too. We don't want our brothers and sisters to die in vain.. May lord guide you all and bring a solution to this problem. God bless.

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  11. Nau shaf

    August 6, 2019 6:53 am

    i am living in Indonesia as Indonesian.. and yes to me jakarta is like one nation it self
    too many building and trash..
    they dumped the trashes now to the Bantargebang In Bogor City because no place to throw it..
    goverment become ignore the problems..
    and people keep coming to jakarta to make living because the minimum occupation is higher than any city in java island..

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  12. Hartina Wati

    August 6, 2019 8:14 am

    This near my house about just 15 minutes to reach there , i also worried when i was come there

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  13. morekidsharderwork freedom

    August 7, 2019 4:57 pm

    3 RD WORLD COUNTRIES ARE OVERPOPULATING THEM SELVES. DUA ANAK TJUKUP. PHILIPPINES SAME THING. ALL ISLAND HAS VOLCANIC MOUNTAINS, EARTH QUAKES. TSUNAMIS. DAMN WHAT A SHAME.

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  14. Adam Enekes

    August 7, 2019 6:47 pm

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  15. ImpaledBerry

    August 8, 2019 11:25 am

    thats why there were plans to move the capital, to the borneo island with nature and global warming in mind

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  16. Harry Sanjaya

    August 8, 2019 12:50 pm

    JAKARTA JUST TRASH FOR GOVERNMENT
    AND IN HERE PRESIDENT LIKE GOD!!๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ
    WAKE UP INDO
    WAKE UP!!!

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  17. CobaCoba

    August 9, 2019 6:18 am

    And thanksful to our president joko widodo cause he and the goverment will moving the capital to kalimantan

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  18. G G

    August 10, 2019 6:14 am

    I was born and raised in Jakarta. But Iโ€™m glad that i have moved out a couple a years ago, before i get more conceited.

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  19. Cat M

    August 10, 2019 2:14 pm

    "I think you should all take lessons" are you going to pay for them? or watch the shop while they take them

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  20. Rashad Evans

    August 11, 2019 8:07 am

    the people and the government should see this and put aside on debating and politics … this should be taking care of sooner … residents do complaining about air pollution and trash overspread across the city itself … while the act of kindness is not taking care of …ย 
    more tree's and plants should be planted and preserved in order to prevent it from the heatwave and other natural causes
    #smh

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  21. LAZY DOG

    August 11, 2019 10:34 am

    The result of governments thinking about economics instead of actually opening their eyes. Now they look to Borneo to construct a new city and destroy that amazing island. Humans are such a failed species.

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  22. Muvira Pita

    August 11, 2019 3:56 pm

    Sudah ada juga media Indonesia yg membahas isu ini tapi ya entah ga terlalu heboh bagi rakyat Indo. Kalau kamu baru tau isu ini berarti mainmu kurang jauh.

    Nih yg pernah bahas:
    BBC Indo: https://youtu.be/yKpy4mDS6vo
    Najwa: https://youtu.be/F04ty_7R3CE
    Kumparan : https://youtu.be/1f0uWU41LlA
    Liputan6 : https://youtu.be/fwXApIJK2p4

    There are also Indonesian media that have discussed this issue long time ago. If you are Indonesians and just knew this issue from this video it means that you are lacking information update.

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  23. Linda Zainalabidin

    August 11, 2019 5:08 pm

    not like english people.. you thought your child to swim since young.. that is our mistakes ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ i also dont know how to swim … and i am afraid now .. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข.. but i did bought life jacket for my daughter .. if in case …

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  24. Erik Winalda

    August 11, 2019 5:35 pm

    Lots of plastic waste from European countries and Australia, I think this is very embarrassing, I think developed countries can manage country waste well !! but not and discarded in developing countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines

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  25. Niken Putri

    August 12, 2019 2:53 am

    Gosh This is insane. So many people out there think that environmental issue is future issues. Dudes it's happening right now.

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  26. Ridho Setiawan

    August 12, 2019 8:50 am

    As an Indonesian I am very concerned and sad but not the people but the land, sooner or later the capital of this country will sink because of the greed of people who are only concerned with wealth and neglect the environment, and officials and the media only focus on politics, corruption, & enlarge their stomachs ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Khadafi

    August 13, 2019 2:34 am

    Jakarta Rakyatnya goblok banyak bacot tidak mentaati peraturan jika jakarta tenggelam ya sudah biarin

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  28. Suzi Hakim

    August 13, 2019 12:46 pm

    Thanks God kampung halamanku di magelang jateng,jauh dari laut dan dkt dari gunung andong.hijaunya desaku,dgn udara yg msh Segar dan tetangga yg msh ramah2 spt dulu.guyup rukun selalu. tapi jujur aku sedih banget dgn keadaan jakarta .

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  29. Siti Amalia Fitriani

    August 14, 2019 4:11 pm

    at least there are 3 reasons why the capital city should be moved :
    1. Jakarta is sinking
    2. over populated
    3. pollutions especially air pollution

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