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Jakarta sinks at slower pace, but more areas affected

  • Nina Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  02:51 pm
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A reclamation project in Jakarta Bay is seen from the air. The project was part of the controversial National Capital Integrated Coastal Development ( NCICD ) program, which also included the construction of a seawall off the coast of Jakarta Bay.(JP/DON)

For 25 years, Sari, a 35-year-old woman living in a kampung (small hamlet) in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, has had to put up with flooding from heavy rainfall and the rising tides of Jakarta Bay. A four-meter-high seawall erected along the water’s edge does not always protect the area, which is located less than 300 meters from the sea. “Tidal flooding is an almost daily threat for us, especially during the rainy season. Just last month, our community unit [RW] was flooded about 20 centimeters after heavy rainfall. I really want to move to another, better, place, but I just can’t afford it,” Sari told The Jakarta Post on Friday. Her neighborhood, along with the rest of North Jakarta, is under constant threat from rising sea levels and rapid land subsidence. A team of researchers from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) studied data from 1925 to...