Like many coastal cities around the globe, Jakarta is coping with sea-level rise. However Indonesia’s largest metropolis additionally has a novel drawback: Due to restricted water entry within the metropolis, the vast majority of its residents need to extract groundwater to outlive. And it’s inflicting the town to sink. At the moment, Jakarta is the world’s fastest-sinking metropolis.
The issue will get worse yearly, however the root of it precedes fashionable Indonesia by centuries. Within the 1600s, when the Dutch landed in Indonesia and constructed present-day Jakarta, they divided up the town to segregate the inhabitants. Finally, that segregation led to an unequal water piping system that excluded most Indigenous Jakartans, forcing them to seek out different methods to get water.
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