Jakarta is sinking! – Equator from the Air – BBC

Jakarta is sinking! – Equator from the Air – BBC


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.

100 Replies to “Jakarta is sinking! – Equator from the Air – BBC

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

  4. 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 … 
    more tree's and plants should be planted and preserved in order to prevent it from the heatwave and other natural causes
    #smh

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. not like english people.. you thought your child to swim since young.. that is our mistakes 😣😣 i also dont know how to swim … and i am afraid now .. 😦😦😢😢.. but i did bought life jacket for my daughter .. if in case …

  8. 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

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

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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 .

  12. 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

  13. Can we just stop complaining and blaming media..?
    The news that Jakarta's sinking has been around for a decade and nobody seems wanting to so the coverage, then cover it, tell this things to people around you, in warkop, in cafes, during lunch, during any casual conversation you're in..
    If the media don't want to change, then just start to change ourselves then..

  14. Jakarta's government is living in denial. They are cowards. Loser. They are afraid to accept the fact. The fact that they are wrong and neglectful.

  15. simply there are too many people living in that part of the world. am worried about the ecosystems and other lives than human life. sad sad sad. stop breeding.

  16. This kind of urbanization smells like greed. The engineers of the city are fattening up their money so they can leave Jakarta. Embarrassing to the Jakartan government too.

  17. Sorry gwa nda bisa bhs ingris.
    Jakarta mereka ambil cuman sisi buruknya doang anjirr..
    Suruh pulang sj itu bule tidak berguna

  18. We have seen similar footages in various local and foreign media on the same topic in the last few years. One simple and common question, but has not been raised, is what have previous leaders done as to solve this problem. If that concrete construction is a part of the planned giant sea-wall, which in some publications is said to solve the problem (I am afraid, it's an unfinished work, and it looks likely so), how come the quality is that low as seen in the video?

  19. More concerned about burning down Catholic Churches.
    God's are punishing these greedy governments. Jews have allready invested in Borneo next capital. Indonesia Jakarta is lost.
    They should panic

  20. 2019 : jakarta
    2030 : aquakarta
    2050 : beachkarta
    2060 : jadi palung.
    2080 : Roxy mall jadi bangunan bersejarah bawah laut🤣

  21. I just learnt it today. I got to see it from BBC world news and me and my dad. We were so shocking that Indonesia could ever start sinking. Scientists said it would be Maldives first to ever sink. It's all about climate change. Men are beast… They are ruining everything.

  22. PREPARE FOR world wide enslavement?the ONES who come tohelp will also be the ones who take over and remove people from land for their OWNSAFETY..SOP?

  23. What do you expect if the people can’t get clean freshwater from pipes??
    Both PALYJA and Aetra water utilities company only supply 60% water of Jakarta.

  24. Bener kata ahok, harus nya warga2 yg tinggal di deket pantai/sungai di gusur semua, jgn nyalahin pemerintah doang, kalo masyarakat nya aja kl di kasih solusi suka ngelawan atau enggak setuju, harus nya pemerintah Dan warga bisa bersinergi,pemerintah gabakal bisa nyelesain masalah ini tanpa kerja sama dari warga, jadi intinya Kita semua lah yang harus berubah..

  25. When someone wants to change and fix Jakarta but one day that person has been criminalized by some majority who wants Jkt in destruction phase..

  26. Oh my god this is jakarta ?? New delhi city is far better then jakarta . omg like this 😱 my wife from jakarta alhumdulilah now she is in new delhi india jadi aman

  27. INDON IS RUN BY MANY DODO AND MORONS…. THEY ARE LIKE BABIES WHO ARE GIVEN CANDIES THEY WILL GIVE AWAY THEIR CLEAN DIAPERS WAHAHHAHAA

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